Regina Pats forward Connor Bedard is the best hockey prospect I’ve seen since Connor McDavid, and he’s having a season for the ages in the WHL.
Bedard gives opposing teams headaches every time he steps on the ice, so he’s downright shocking when he’s kept off the scoresheet in a game. That was the case against the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday as the Pats cruised to a 3-2 victory despite Bedard failing to register a point.
The 17-year-old saw his scoring streak end at 35 games, while his scoring streak was snapped at 11. He will be looking to start a fresh run Sunday against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Here’s everything you need to know about the phenom currently playing the WHL season on easy mode.
Connor Bedard Facts
Bedard had 90 points (44 goals, 46 assists) in his 35-point game streak
Bedard scored 22 goals in his 11 match winning streak
Bedard has failed to register a point in just two games this season
Bedard has 19 points more than the next leading scorer in the WHL (Zach Benson of Winnipeg).
With an average of 1,189 goals per game, Bedard has the 15th best goals per game average in WHL history and the best ever by a 17-year-old player
With an average of 2,432 points per game, Bedard has the best points per game average since 1990-91 (Ray Whitney, 2,569)
At the 2023 World Junior Championships, Bedard set the following records:
Most career points by a Canadian (36)
Most career goals by a Canadian (17)
Most points in a single tournament by a Canadian (23)
Most assists in a single tournament by a Canadian (14)
Most points in a single tournament by an U18 player (23)
In 2021-22, the then 16-year-old became the youngest player to score 50 or more goals in a WHL season
In 2021-22, Bedard was just the third 16-year-old to manage a 100-point season in the WHL and the first to achieve the feat in the 21st century.
Bedard was the first player to earn outstanding WHL status after scoring 43 goals and 84 points in 36 games for West Van Academy Prep’s U18 team, leading the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL) in scoring and earning honors of MVP at 14 years old
NHL Draft Lottery Odds
*Starting February 3rd
1. Columbus Blue Jackets – 25.5%
2. Chicago Blackhawks – 13.5%
3. Anaheim Ducks – 11.5%
4. Arizona Coyote – 9.5%
5. San Jose Sharks – 8.5%
6. Montreal Canadiens – 7.5%
7. Vancouver Canucks – 6.5%
8. St. Louis Blues – 6%
9. Philadelphia Flyers – 5%
10. Ottawa Senators – 3.5%
11. Florida Panthers* – 3%
*Montreal owns Florida’s 2023 first-round pick
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