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The difference in talent between Connor McDavid and Connor Bedard is significant

In 2015, the Edmonton Oilers drafted a certain Connor McDavid at No. 1 overall. And he quickly became the best player in the world. When he retires, it’s fair to wonder if he’ll ever be the greatest player of all time.

Eight years later, in 2023, it was the Chicago Blackhawks’ turn to draft a forward named Connor first overall. In addition to their first names, it’s easy to make connections between these two prodigious players. True, Bedard hasn’t played a game on the Bettman circuit, but everyone agrees he’ll be dominant.

But will he overtake McDavid for the title of best player in the world? Not so fast.

Both forwards were invited to a training camp in Toronto, and they showed off their puck-handling skills. What we can see is that 97 is far superior to his young compatriot.

This is where we see the difference between junior field hockey and the NHL.

Yes, Bedard dominated in the WHL, but when you compare him to McDavid, you can see the difference. After all, the Oilers captain has already been in the show for eight years, and it shows.

McDavid is much faster and has much better hands. I’m not saying that the Hawks’ new protégé isn ‘t good, but when we compare him to the crème de la crème, perhaps we went a little too far, a little too fast when we said: “He’s going to be competing with McDavid over the next few years”. It’s true that his tool of choice is his shot – not his skating stroke – but…

Maybe in a few years’ time, the former Regina Pats 98 will give the other Connor a run for his money, but for next season, the two won’t finish close in the stats column. There will be no comparisons to be made between the two. That would be unfair to the younger Connor.

And anyway, Bedard needs to “make the club” before he thinks about winning the Art Ross…

In brief

Ah, yes.

– Obviously.

– What does this mean for Cody Fajardo?

– A very big contract.

– Intéressant.

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