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Blackhawks provide heartbreaking update on rookie phenom Connor Bedard

Published January 23, 2024 at 11:09

Coming into this season, all eyes were on 2023 1st overall draft pick Connor Bedard in this, his rookie season in the National Hockey League. Bedard is thought to be the next generational talent, but unfortunately, his rookie season has not gone according to plan, with the 18-year-old currently sidelined after suffering a fractured jaw and enduring surgery a little over a week ago to repair the damage.

Bedard's devastating jaw injury occurred back on January 3rd after taking a high hit from New Jersey's Brendan Smith after Smith caught Bedard with his head down while carrying the puck into the Devils' zone.

Following the injury announcement, the Chicago Blackhawks informed the media and fans that Bedard would miss approximately six weeks as a result of his injury. As it turns out, that was just the tip of the iceberg and the reality is much, much worse.

After already having missed nearly 3 weeks due to his injury, it would appear as though Bedard is behind schedule in his recovery. The latest announcement has Bedard still approximately 6 weeks away from returning to action.

This is dreadful news for the Blackhawks, their fans and NHL fans in general, who were hoping to get to see Bedard at the upcoming All-Star Game in Toronto. Unfortunately, he will not take part in the event and has been replaced by Winnipeg's Kyle Connor.

Bedard was well on his way to securing the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most outstanding rookie, prior to his injury. Bedard has amassed 33 points this season, including 15 goals, in 39 games. Tough break for the kid and tough break for the Hawks, though yet another high pick will certainly aid them in turning a corner in their rebuild.
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Blackhawks provide heartbreaking update on rookie phenom Connor Bedard

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