Bedard, Blackhawks First Week Recap

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The start of the 2023-24 NHL season has been an interesting one so far. Some teams have been surprising, whether it is in a good way, or in a bad way. Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews, Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser, Columbus Blue Jackets’ Boone Jenner, and Anaheim Ducks’ Frank Vatrano all have already recorded hat-tricks, in which Matthews has two. One team that several people are focusing on this season is the Chicago Blackhawks, as rookie Connor Bedard has finally made his NHL debut, a moment that many have been waiting for.

Connor Bedard, Tyler Johnson, and the Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks have been a target of focus for this season, mainly because of Connor Bedard. After four games played, the Blackhawks are (as of Oct. 16) 2-2-0 and sit second in the Central.

In Connor Bedard’s NHL debut, Chicago’s first game of the season, Bedard recorded his first NHL point (an assist) in their 4-2 win against the Penguins. The goal scorers for the Blackhawks were Jason Dickinson, Nick Foligno, Ryan Donato, and Cole Guttman. This was a nice win to start the season, as the Blackhawks were trailing 2-0, and eventually came back to win it against Pittsburgh.

Chicago lost their second game 3-1 to the Boston Bruins, in which Connor Bedard scored his first National Hockey League goal, which was the only goal for the Hawks.

For their third game, against the Montreal Canadiens, the Chicago Blackhawks lost by a final score of 3-2 in regulation. Their goal scorer was Tyler Johnson, he had both goals.

In their most recent game, which was a victory versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago won 4-1 with goals from MacKenzie Entwistle, Tyler Johnson, Corey Perry, and Taylor Raddysh.

Connor Bedard (as of Oct. 16) has three points in four games played with the Blackhawks. That’s pretty impressive for a player his age. In conclusion, with the newest additions and how these players are contributing to the team, there’s no doubt the Chicago Blackhawks have a chance at a more successful season. Also, having young future star Connor Bedard, the franchise is likely to have a bright future. But, you know what they say. “Time will tell.”

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