Chicago Blackhawks Agree To Terms With 1st-Overall Selection Connor Bedard

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed 18-year-old Connor Bedard, who was selected as the first overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The team finalized a three-year entry-level deal with Bedard on his 18th birthday, adding to the excitement surrounding his arrival.

Known for his exceptional talent, Bedard has already made waves in the hockey world, having dominated in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Regina Pats, where he tallied a remarkable 143 points in just 57 games.

Considered a potential generational player, Bedard's signing with the Blackhawks has generated heightened anticipation among fans and the organization alike. Bedard expressed his enthusiasm for joining the historic franchise, acknowledging the team's rich history and passionate fan base.

The Blackhawks hope that Bedard's presence both on and off the ice will have a significant impact on the team's performance.

While Bedard is not eligible to play in the AHL next season due to Canadian Hockey League rules, he is expected to join the Blackhawks' Opening Night roster and make an immediate impact as the team's top center in the upcoming 2023-24 season.

Head coach Luke Richardson praised Bedard's exceptional skills and his ability to handle the attention and pressure that come with being a top prospect.

With his exceptional performance in the WHL and record-breaking achievements at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship, Bedard is poised to make a memorable debut in a Blackhawks uniform. Photo Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports