Connor Bedard will therefore not become a member of the CH → https://t.co/Mxd9g2ydhc
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) May 9, 2023
It’s been just over an hour since we learned that the Chicago Blackhawks have won the draft lottery, allowing them to draft Connor Bedard with the top pick.
Once again this year, the NHL organized a television production for the occasion. Bill Daly was on hand to turn over the boxes and the show was produced by NHL Network, while Kevin Weekes was the evening’s host.
That said, Weekes clearly didn’t get the memo, as he announced that the Blue Jackets had dropped to third, even before Daly had turned over the card.
That’s all it took for some Internet users to call it a trick.
Kevin Weekes said Columbus got the 3rd pick and didn’t even flip or show the card and cut to commercial?!
– Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 9, 2023
Our colleague JB Gagné had a good piece on the subject earlier in the evening.
That’s what an RDS host said live on TV → https://t.co/iZdhQETO5s
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) May 8, 2023
It’s a good thing he didn’t let the cat out of the bag, otherwise he could have ruined the Blackhawks’ moment of glory (although he did break the hearts of Blue Jackets fans a little quicker than expected).
As if the NHL “ping pong” lottery wasn’t complicated enough, the TV gaffe that took Columbus out of the #1 running before Bill Daly announced it almost stole Chicago’s Connor Bedard thunder. Embarrassing.
– Dave Hodge (@davehodge20) May 9, 2023
In short, a rather strange moment during the lottery presentation, but let’s just say that the explanation for the trick doesn’t really hold water. Weekes’ simple mistake makes infinitely more sense.
– That’s right.
The Kyle Beach affair continues to sow discontent 😠🏒 https://t.co/zxHrAJ8ago
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) May 9, 2023
The Anaheim Ducks really aren’t lucky in the lottery!
No Sidney Crosby in 2005 and no Connor Bedard in 2023… 😩 pic.twitter.com/5UkOPWVIsn
– RDS (@RDSca) May 9, 2023
– Why not wait until the beginning of the second round, when the CH will have a high pick (the 37th, to be precise)?
“There are 3 goalies available at the end of the 1st round of the draft, that would be ideal for the CH!”🎰
Listen to Stéphane Waite’s comments now at 🎙️ from @LangloisMario
– 98,5 Sports (@985Sports) May 9, 2023