Connor Bedard made his dream NHL debut on Tuesday's opening night, recording an assist and helping lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The 18-year-old rookie played over 21 minutes, had five shots on goal, and assisted on the Blackhawks' first goal.
Bedard was immediately noticeable in his first shift, skating around defender Kris Letang and firing a shot on net. He continued to be a threat throughout the game, using his speed and skill to create scoring chances for himself and his teammates.
He picked up the puck behind the Pittsburgh net and skated up the left wing, making a slick backhand pass to Alex Vlasic. Vlasic’s shot deflected into the path of Ryan Donato, who was standing in front of the net and easily tapped the puck in for the goal.
Bedard also showed off his defensive skills in his debut. He blocked several shots and made a number of good plays in the defensive zone. He also wasn't afraid to get physical, despite being one of the smallest players on the ice.
Overall, Bedard had a very impressive debut. He showed that he is ready to play in the NHL and that he has the potential to be a star player.