98 Degrees: Bedard is a highlight-reel generator

A chronological look at the highlights reels from the player the Blackhawks will be drafting No. 1 overall next month.

98 Degrees: Bedard is a highlight-reel generator
Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Image

Now that the Blackhawks' destiny is set, let's use this excuse to watch and marvel at the consensus 2023 No. 1 pick, Connor Bedard, through the years. He's been touted as one of the best players since he hit puberty, so we're going to go by age with these highlights.

If you want more in-depth coverage, please see the Bedard series from SCH's own Eric Gegenheimer: Jan. 18, Jan. 31, Feb. 15, March 1, March 15 and April 24.

Age 14:

  • 84 points (43 G, 41) in 36 games with West Van Academy Prep (CSSHL U18)

Age 15:

  • 28 points (12 G, 16 A) in 15 games with Regina Pats (WHL)
  • 14 points (7 G, 7A) in 7 games with Canada U18 (2021 WJC)

Age 16:

  • 100 points (51 G, 49 A) in 62 games with Regina Pats (WHL)
  • 5 points (4 G, 1 A) in 2 games with Canada U20 (2022 WJC)*
  • 7 points (6 G, 1 A) in 4 games with Canada U18 (2022 WJC)
  • 8 points (4 G, 4 A) in 7 games with Canada U20 (2022 WJC)

*Cancelled due to COVID-19

Age 17:

  • 143 points (71 G, 72 A) in 57 regular season games, 20 points (10 G, 10 A) in 7 playoff games with Regina Pats (WHL)
  • 23 points (9 G, 14 A) in 7 games with Canada U20 (2023 WJC)

For the nerdy number-oriented fans, here are some more stats from the prior hockey season to salivate over:

Posting this one by itself because Bedard celebrates with the Patrick Kane heartbreaker move:

And then of course there's this:

Does this mean Bedard is fated for the Blackhawks?

Speaking of Kane, if you're even a little skeptical about Bedard, don't just take our word for him – listen to Kane: