Connor Bedard of the Chicago Blackhawks gets hit by Matt Dumba  of the Arizona Coyotes.
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Connor Bedard Gets Distracted and Is Absolutely Destroyed by a Massive Hit

Published March 5, 2024 at 10:37 PM

Connor Bedard has been turning heads ever since he was drafted as the first overall pick last year. Hailing from British Columbia, the 18 year-old phenom was touted as one of the most NHL-ready prospects since Auston Matthews. Yet despite being the runaway Calder Trophy favorite, the reigning first overall pick still finds himself making those classic rookie mistakes.

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It's not unusual for players to slip up now and then, but Bedard seems to have a knack for getting himself into sticky situations. There was the nasty hit from Brendan Smith that left him with a broken jaw Tonight, against the Arizona Coyotes, he added another hit to his highlight reel of takedowns.

During the first period against the Coyotes, Bedard passes the puck to his teammate, but instead of hustling back into the play, he admired his handiwork. Matt Dumba didn't like it in and delivered a thunderous hit right into the boards.

March 5   |   631 answers
Connor Bedard Gets Distracted and Is Absolutely Destroyed by a Massive Hit

What do you think about Connor Bedard's performance in the NHL so far?

He's awesome17327.4 %
On the struggle bus but it's part of process23537.2 %
He needs to improve his awareness22335.3 %
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