April 24, 2024

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Massive! The 17-year-old Bédard travels to average over 3 points per game.

Massive!  The 17-year-old Bédard travels to average over 3 points per game.
Conor Bedard

Corner stone

The U-20 World Cup ended overnight, with Canada crowned champions but above all a new hockey star. A 17-year-old Canadian kid is already driving NHL franchises crazy. here because.

Switzerland’s participation in the World Under-20 Hockey Championships ended on Monday. After three victories, the young Swiss suffered a crushing defeat (9: 1) against the Czech Republic. Tournament favorites Canada was in danger of suffering the same fate.

The host country and defending champions have already beaten Slovakia, but after extra time. The golden goal was scored by Conor Bedard. In the semi-finals, the Boys from the Maple Leaf annihilated their American cousins ​​by a score of 6-2. Bedard scored again. In the final match, which won 3-2 in overtime over the Czech Republic, Connor did not appear in the scoring list, but once again showed his amazing qualities.

In our latitudes it is still an unknown name, even in North America after all, but there is more than one reason to believe that it will not remain so for long. In any case, after this tournament, there is no longer any question about who will be the first pick in the next NHL draft.

Yes, because the 17-year-old Canadian, who played for Regina Pats in the WHL (Western Hockey League) during the World Cup, scored 9 goals and 14 assists, for an impressive total of 23 points, in seven games played. Just under four points a match…and that’s no coincidence.

In the league, young Bedard has scored 64 points (27 goals) in the 28 games he has played so far. The previous season, when he was still 16 years old, the Vancouver gem had 100 points in 62 games.

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In short, the figures depicting the boy in the shadow of big names like Jaromir Jagger, Wayne Gretzky, Conor McDavid or Sidney Crosby.

The World Cup record is still in the hands of the legendary Peter Forsberg (24 assists, 31 points), but Bédard has him swinging, at least after the first few games. It’s important to note that Forsberg — the Swede finished his career with 885 points in 709 NHL games — hit a career high with 31 points at age 19. Bedard, 23, at age 17.

Even if he fails to beat Forsberg’s record during this World Cup, his star has been fired. We will hear his name again. We are sure of that.