Chicago Blackhawks rookie center Connor Bedard shooting the puck
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Connor Bedard's Classy Response to a Reporter Comparing Him to Patrick Kane.

Published February 23, 2024 at 6:10 PM

Connor Bedard has already become a household name in the hockey world at the age of 18. The rookie center is so good in fact, that one reporter compared him to Patrick Kane today.

Reporter Compares Bedard To Kane In Interview Question

Bedard is perhaps the most hyped prospect to join the NHL since Connor McDavid. As such, it is understandable why reporters and fans alike would make such comparisons. However, doing so could be detrimental to a young player like Bedard, who is trying to create his own identity on the ice. That being said, the 18-year-old handled the question quite well.

«I don't care too much what people say. If I can be anything like him, that's pretty great, the career he had. I'm my own person and player and everything, so I'll do what I do and he does what he does.»

However, the emerging NHL superstar did seem a bit annoyed by the question. It did come across that he wanted to create his own identity instead of piggybacking off of Kane. This is likely something Bedard will have to deal with throughout his career though as he will likely join Kane among the best Hawks players of all time.

Bedard In Peak Form Following Return From Jaw Injury

Unfortunately for the rookie, he did miss some significant time this season after he broke his jaw. However, the injury did not seem to slow him down much as he has been just as good immediately upon returning to the ice. If anything, he's been even better than before as he has 6 points in 4 games since returning, including his first career three-point night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Connor Bedard had a three-point performance in a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes and had an in-game battle with Hurricanes goaltender Spencer Martin.

The rookie center is up to 17 goals and 39 points on the season in just 43 games played. Assuming he remains healthy for the remainder of the season, he could easily win the Calder trophy as rookie of the year.
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