An explosive Canadian prospect who looks like a safe bet to become the first overall pick of the 2023 NHL Draft, Connor Bedard has posted eye-popping numbers on both the Major Junior and international stages. While plenty of players can score before reaching the NHL, it takes a special talent to record 23 points during a seven-game World Junior campaign en route to a gold medal.
For Bedard, his professional future looks bright. Even if he fails to be a truly generational talent, ala Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, his explosiveness and raw offensive ability should at least see him become a legitimate top-line scoring threat.
The North Vancouver native is listed as a center and has played hockey for the WHL’s Regina Pats, spent a brief spell in Sweden with HV71’s youth teams, and has also suited up for the French national team at both the U18 and U20 levels.
Current team: Regina Pats
Draft status: Eligible in 2023