The Chicago Blackhawks’ rookie Connor Bedard is already making his mark in the NHL. Bedard scored four points in a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday and became the youngest player since 1944 to do so.
Bedard scored two goals in the first period, including the first goal of the game to give the Blackhawks the lead. He also assisted Tyler Johnson and Corey Perry.
Only two other players in NHL history, Bep Guidolin, and Ted Kennedy, were younger when they scored four points in a single game.
“(For) all the points, I feel like other guys did great things, and I got the benefit,” Bedard said after the game. “It’s obviously nice getting on the scoresheet, but there’s a lot that goes into it.”
The Blackhawks selected Connor Bedard with the first overall pick in 2023. He was considered the consensus best player in the class after contributing 271 points in 132 games in WHL.
Bedard recorded a point in his NHL debut, dishing an assist in a 4–2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, and scored his first goal the following game against the Boston Bruins. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has seven goals and four assists in 12 NHL games he played in 2023-24.