Connor McClennon – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

The Hockey Writers 2020 NHL Entry Draft Guide

Connor McClennon

2019-20 Team: Winnipeg Ice (WHL)

Date of Birth: June 25, 2002

Place of Birth: Wainwright, AB, CAN

Ht: 5-foot-8 Wt: 163 pounds

Shoots: Right

Position: RW

NHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible


NHL Central Scouting: 43rd (among NA skaters)

Elite Prospects: 43rd

Josh Bell’s February Rankings: 67th

Larry Fisher’s Top 300 for March: 67th

Andrew Forbes’ Top 217 for March: 55th

Dobber Prospects: 59th

McClennon brings high energy and goal scoring to the ice each and every night. After a very successful Bantam career, he was selected by the Winnipeg Ice with the second overall pick in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft behind Kaiden Guhle.

While he is undersized at 5-foot-8 and just 163 pounds, he plays a much bigger game. He has transferred his Bantam success over to the major junior level. McClennon has 35 goals and 78 points in 93 WHL games so far. He has been most effective when he has played on the same line as Peyton Krebs, a 2019 second-round pick by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Related: NHL Draft Guide | 2020 Edition

McClennon’s draft season got off to a slow start, partially thanks to Krebs missing time with an injury. He played for Canada at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup where he had just a goal and an assist in five tournament games. When he returned to the WHL he started to heat up until a broken collar bone ended his season in January.

Connor McClennon Winnipeg ICE
McClenno could be a mid-round steal. (Zachary Peters)

When he returns to the ice next season, he should be one of the top producers on a very dangerous offensive team. He has great speed but just needs to work on getting a quicker first step. While McClennon has a great shot, he has shown that he is more comfortable being a complementary player. He will need to gain confidence in his own abilities to become a more independent goal scorer.

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Connor McClennon – NHL Draft Projection

McClennon was not invited to the CHL Top Prospects Game, whose rosters were announced before his injury. When factor that in along with his collar bone break, it is unlikely he goes in the first two rounds of the draft. Most scouts and mock drafts have him as a mid-to-late third-round draft pick. He should still be selected within the top 100 picks and could prove to be diamond in the rough.


“McClennon isn’t a huge driver of offense on his own — despite an excellent motor and quality shot — but has the offensive instincts to be effective in a complementary role. He has enough skill and finishing ability to have an NHL future, with the potential to carve out a career similar to Jordan Eberle.” Larry Fisher, The Hockey Writers

“I see a player with a high level of hockey sense who can make plays and score goals. McClennon is a small forward without elite speed, but I still think he skates very well and often is the zone entry guy for his club team. He competes well and kills penalties in the WHL. I like his tools, I like his track record the last few years and I think he’s going to be a very good pro.” Corey Pronman (from Ranking the 2020 Draft top prospects at midseason, The Athletic, 1/29/20)

“I’m trying to get bigger and stronger to play against the bigger opponents but I’m also trying to get faster. Being a smaller player, you need speed and the ability to be elusive is a huge factor in playing against the bigger guys. I’m lucky to have a good training partner in [former WHL player] Adam Huxley who has been pushing me in the right direction in preparing for next season.” Connor McClennon


  • Speed
  • Finishing ability
  • Hockey IQ

Under Construction (Improvements to Make)

  • Acceleration
  • Skating

NHL Potential

The ceiling is high for McClennon, who has shown he can produce at every level he’s played at so far. He is a raw product who will need time to become a more complete player. While he may never be a Hart Trophy candidate, he has the chance to be a very good secondary scorer and playmaker at the NHL level.

Risk-Reward Analysis

Risk – 4.5/5 | Reward – 4/5

Fantasy Hockey Potential

Offense – 7/10 | Defense – 6/10


McClennon won back-to-back Bantam championships in the CSSBHL in 2017 and 2018. He was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2016-17 with the most goals (54), assists (45) and points (99). He led the 2018 U17 World Hockey Challenge with eight goals and 11 points. He won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

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