Conner Bleackley

Darren Walker

Bleackley is a strong two-way center who contributes to his teams success at both ends of the ice. He displays solid puck handling skills, protecting it well with his strong frame in the corners and through traffic. He has a dangerous shot release, and gets it off his stick from anywhere in the offensive zone. Bleackley would be best served to take a little bit more time to let options open up before just ripping it on net as his shot selection can be poor at times. He is strong in the dot winning the majority of the draws he takes. His physical game is inconsistent as he uses his frame to maintain the puck but does not always look to eager to throw the body, finishing just a small amount of his checks. Bleackley does a great job of flowing with the play in both ends, finding open ice at the offensive end and maintaining position in the defensive end. He is a decent skater once he is at top speed but still lacks some explosion in his first few steps. He is a draft re-entry that Arizona did not sign at the June 1 deadline after acquiring him at the trade deadline from Colorado, who drafted him in the first round in 2014. He has gone through some adversity this season, having the captaincy removed and then dealing with injury. Bleackley is a strong and dependable two-way center that still has room for growth.   (May 2016)