Connor Bedard was the No. 1 pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft, and it was with huge expectations that he made his NHL debut in October.
Connor Bedard’s first NHL game was the most viewed game of the season—even beating the Winter Classic—and Bedard hasn’t disappointed anyone during his rookie season.
The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t performed as fans had hoped, but Bedard has been astonishing, putting up 33 points in his first 38 games.
And he’s already broken all kinds of records.
In his ninth NHL game, Bedard became the youngest player in league history to score within the first 30 seconds of any game.
And just three games later, he became the youngest player since 1944 to record four points in one game.
He’s also broken some franchise records, including becoming the first player in Blackhawks history to score nine goals in the first 13 games of his career.
Bedard is currently on pace for 73 points in 82 games, which would surpass Patrick Kane’s 72 points in his rookie season back in 2007-08.
On Thursday, Connor Bedard made NHL history yet again, as he became the youngest NHL All-Star in history.
Bedard will represent the Blackhawks in this year’s All-Star Game, taking place at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Feb. 3.
When the game is played, Bedard will be 18 years and 171 days old, surpassing Jeff Skinner, the previous record-holder, who set the record in 2011 at 18 years and 259 days.
Bedard certainly deserves his place in the All-Star team, and it will undoubtedly be a thrill to watch him
And although he’s way behind the likes of Nathan MacKinnon, Nikita Kucherov, and Connor McDavid in the NHL’s scoring race, most eyes will probably be on him when the puck drops for the game.