Top of the Lottery Prospects: Connor Bedard making noise in the playoffs, too

He has six goals and 11 points in his first three games.

Top of the Lottery Prospects: Connor Bedard making noise in the playoffs, too
Source: WHL

In the final five games of Connor Bedard's final WHL regular season, he added 14 points (8 G, 6A), which gave him a grand total of 143 points (71 G, 72 A) in 57 games.

This means he's the first 17 year-old player in the CHL to score 70 goals in a season in over 25 years.

He finished with 36 more points than the next highest WHL scorer (Chase Wheatcroft put up 107 points in 68 games), 21 more goals (Kai Uchacz dropped 50 in 68 games), and had the same number of assists (72) as Riley Heidt – who once again put up his total in a full season's worth of games (68).

His 2.509 points per game pace easily lead the league, and it's the highest mark the WHL has seen since 1990-1991. His goal scoring also puts him in some absolutely insane company.

And that's just during the regular season. How would he fare in his first taste of the playoffs?

As he proved repeatedly during the World Juniors, Bedard is the type of player who has no problem being the focal point in high pressure moments. Just ask these two defenders:

In three playoff games so far, he's been electric – scoring six goals and adding five assists – while once again leading the WHL in both points and goals.

His team, the Regina Pats, finished their season with 29 fewer points than their first-round opponent, the Saskatoon Blades (who had the fourth most points in the entire WHL), and yet Regina is currently up two games to one in their first-round series thanks almost entirely to the play of Bedard.

The Pats were on the verge of taking a commanding 3-0 series lead against the far superior Blades last night but ended up losing 6-5 in overtime. Game Five will take place Thursday night in Regina.