Connor Hobbs, the 20 year-old Defenseman from Regina, Saskatoon, Canada, was a 5th round draft pick by the Washington Capitals in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, and will be attending his first development camp July 7-11, 2015. The 6′-1″ 190 lb left-hander was invited to the NHL Prospects Combine and was ranked 72nd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2015 NHL Draft. The gritty Hobbs was involved in a number of scraps this past season.
Hobbs split the 2014-15 season between the Medicine Hat Tigers and the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The 6’0”, 187-pound defenseman earned two points (1g, 1a) in 12 games with Medicine Hat last season and 16 points (1g, 15a) in 33 games with Regina. The Regina, Saskatchewan, native represented Canada at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.
Hockey’s Future’s recap of Connor’s play in 2014-15: Hobbs played for the gold medal-winning Canada u18 team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Medicine Hat for his first WHL season. He played 12 games with the Tigers before returning home to Saskatchewan, skating briefly for the Nipawin Hawks and representing Canada West in the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. He returned to the WHL in January after being obtained by Regina in a January trade. Hobbs scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 15 penalty minutes in 12 games with the Tigers. Hobbs stepped into a key role for Regina after joining the Pats. He scored 1 goal with 15 assists and was +5 with 21 penalty minutes in 33 regular season games. In eight playoff games he scored 2 goals and was -2 with 7 penalty minutes. In five games for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament he had 2 assists and was +6 with 2 penalty minutes. In four games with Nipawin he had no points and 4 penalty minutes. Hobbs had no points and 2 penalty minutes in four games for Canada West, which was eliminated in the quarterfinals.