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Connor Bedard getting drafted first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks
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Connor Bedard Gets Thrown Under The Bus By Veteran Teammate

Published January 1, 2024 at 11:35
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Connor Bedard and other Blackhawks youngsters were called out by Nick Foligno for not properly resting.

Nick Foligno Calls Out The Blackhawks' Preparation



In a recent interview, Chicago Blackhawks forward Nick Foligno shared his concerns about the team's recent struggles, pinning the blame on the lack of preparation from the younger players. Foligno highlighted a lack of emphasis on rest and recovery as a major contributing factor.




Nick Foligno had a *lot* to say after that one. Said the Blackhawks are teetering on the line between "immaturity and ignorance" when it comes to their readiness to play.


»There has to be a sense of urgency. And a respect factor in the league. Just becoming professionals. That's the fight we're going to have. We understand where we're at and where we're trying to get to, but we need commitment at that part of it, where every day you're preparing, your consistency in how you prepare, your ability to understand the team you're playing, what you need to do to get yourself ready. That's not on coaches. They've done a hell of a job giving us a game plan and what we need to do and the time off that we need to rest and recover. That's on us. And that's the thing that drives me nuts as one of the older guys in the room. We need to figure that out soon. That to me is immaturity or ignorance. It borderlines a little bit. I don't want it to bleed into ignorance - 'Oh, we're young, or this.' That's excuses to me. And that's not a team we're going to be built on. We owe it to ourselves and to our fans to be a better version and every game we have to strive for that.»

Foligno called out the younger players, criticizing their tendency to overwork without dedicating time to recovery after both games and practices.

Bedard Continues To Overwork Himself



Connor Bedard's renowned work ethic, a well-known aspect of his pre-draft reputation, has become a point of contention. Numerous videos show Bedard spending upwards of an hour on the ice post-practice.



While Bedard and other youngsters spend extra time on the ice, Foligno argues that this practice leads to them being fatigued come game time. The consequence is clear in their game performance last night contributing to an 8-1 loss.

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