Connor Dewar was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the third round, 92nd overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
It came after his third season playing with the Everett Silvertips’ where he produced 68 points in 68 games while being the team’s assistant captain.
Last Tuesday, Connor's childhood dream came true when he signed his first NHL contract with the Wild. It was a three-year, entry-level deal that will take in effect next season.
“It was definitely really exciting for my whole family and me, and all my teammates and coaching staff,” said Dewar. “I have such a great supporting cast around me and they were all really excited about it.”
“Signing the contract definitely takes some weight off my shoulders, it was really nice to get it over with,” he added. “It’s always been in the back of my mind, but I think I did a pretty good job of not letting it take over and I’ve been able to put a solid season together.”
In his fourth year with the Tips’ this season, Dewar has been on a sick pace which will go down as a career year, regardless of how it finishes. In 57 games, Connor leads the team with 78 points and he has a very solid +28 rating. His previous high in points came last year when he racked up that 68 in the regular season. Don't forget that he also chipped in 26 playoff points as well.
Connor also has 21 multi-point games this season and just missed tying the Tips’ record for most points in a game when he notched a hat-trick and three assists on February 2 against the Seattle Thunderbirds. The six points put him just one point back of the franchise record of seven points.
Dewar has led Everett to a 46-15-2-2 record which has the Tips' in the top spot in the U.S. Division and that’s where they will finish.
“A lot of my success is definitely because of my teammates, it’s really easy to put up points when you’re playing on a winning team,” said Dewar. “Everyone just comes out and competes every day and I’ve been put in a position to produce points. It’s a position that I’ve worked really hard to get.”
Last year, Dewar and the rest of the team fell just short of winning the WHL. They lost to the Swift Current Broncos in the league final in what turned out to be a gut-wrenching defeat for the entire organization.
“I’ll never forget the image of looking down at Swift Current and seeing them celebrating and crying and all of that, it was a tough pill to swallow,” he added. “We said after that game that we wanted to get back to the finals and that’s our main goal, winning the league.”
When it comes to perhaps making the jump up to the NHL next season, Connor knows what has to be done.
“I have to get bigger and stronger for sure,” added Dewar. “At this level, you can never be satisfied with where you are at so there is a lot of work to do.”
Three more games are ahead for Connor and the Silvertips' before the regular season ends. They come tonight, Friday and it all wraps up on Saturday evening. The team will open up their playoffs next weekend on home ice.