NHL Draft Lottery: Chicago wins Bedard sweepstakes (2024)

The Chicago Blackhawks won the Connor Bedard sweepstakes Monday, securing the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. The Anaheim Ducks — the favorite to win this year's lottery — and Columbus Blue Jackets will pick No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while San Jose and Montreal round out the top five.

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Summary

The Chicago Blackhawks won the Connor Bedard sweepstakes Monday, securing the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. The Anaheim Ducks — the favorite to win this year's lottery — and Columbus Blue Jackets will pick No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while San Jose and Montreal round out the top five.

The Athletic has you covered with reactions and analysis on how the NHL Draft Lottery shook out.

2023 NHL Draft Lottery results

  1. Chicago Blackhawks
  2. Anaheim Ducks
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets
  4. San Jose Sharks
  5. Montreal Canadiens
  6. Arizona Coyotes
  7. Philadelphia Flyers
  8. Washington Capitals
  9. Detroit Red Wings
  10. St. Louis Blues
  11. Vancouver Canucks
  12. Arizona Coyotes (from Ottawa)
  13. Buffalo Sabres
  14. Pittsburgh Penguins
  15. Nashville Predators
  16. Calgary Flames

Background reading

  • NHL Mock Draft 2023: Connor Bedard to Blackhawks as we pick for every lottery team
  • Blackhawks’ Connor Bedard lottery prize ends one era and starts another
  • Inside the moment the Chicago Blackhawks won the NHL Draft Lottery — before a TV miscue
  • How (and where) Connor Bedard scored 100 goals in his NHL Draft year

(Top photo of Bill Daly: Mike Stobe / NHLI via Getty Images)

May 9, 2023 at 3:37 PM EDTCharlie O'Connor

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Could the Flyers trade up or make their pick at No. 7?

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Is it possible the Flyers explore the option of trading up? Of course — it would be a surprise if interim GM Daniel Briere didn’t at least gauge the willingness of teams in the 1-6 range to move down, whether now or on draft day itself depending upon how the picks ultimately fall. But most likely, given the post-salary cap reticence of GMs to trade top-10 picks, the Flyers will make their given selection. And they’ll have a number of plausible options available to them at that spot.

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May 9, 2023 at 3:08 PM EDTTarik El-Bashir·Senior Writer, Capitals

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Why the Capitals could target a forward in the draft

Washington’s philosophy is typically to pick the best player available. When drafting so high, though, organizational need can be a tiebreaker. A top-six forward — a center, specifically — ranks at or near the top of the Caps’ wishlist, what with Evgeny Kuznetsov facing an uncertain future with the Caps, 35-year-old Nicklas Backstrom struggling to return to form following hip surgery, T.J. Oshie plagued by injuries and set to turn 37 in December, and Alex Ovechkin turning 38 in September. Prospects Connor McMichael and Hendrix Lapierre are coming along in Hershey but their presence would not preclude MacLellan and company from investing in a high-end forward, nor would Miroshnichenko’s.

So, with all of that as a backdrop, here are four forward players who could fit the bill around No. 8:

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May 9, 2023 at 3:00 PM EDTMatthew Fairburn·Staff Writer, Sabres

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The Sabres are at No. 13 for the NHL Draft. Who could be available?

Sabres' General manager Kevyn Adams has rebuilt Buffalo’s prospect pool into one of the strongest in the NHL. He’ll get a chance to add another top-tier player to that group with this pick unless he chooses to trade it. While Connor Bedard is the prize of the draft, the Sabres should still get a talented player at No. 13.

Here’s an early look at some of their options.

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May 9, 2023 at 3:00 PM EDTMax Bultman·Staff Writer, Red Wings

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Red Wings have some colossally important decisions in the draft

Once again the NHL Draft Lottery has come and gone without delivering a savior to Detroit.

Connor Bedard looks destined to be a Chicago Blackhawk. Adam Fantilli would figure to head West to Anaheim. And the Red Wings, meanwhile, will pick ninth — exactly as expected entering the night.

It’s certainly not the outcome Detroit fans would have dreamed up, especially with Bedard going to an Original Six rival, but the silver linings are: Bedard and Fantilli won’t be the latest elite prospects to clog up the fearsome Atlantic Division, and the Red Wings didn’t move backward.

Now, Steve Yzerman, Kris Draper and company are armed with the ninth pick, another in the top 20 courtesy of the Islanders, and about seven weeks to make some colossally important decisions.

Here are some of the names who could be toward the top of the Red Wings’ list now that they know their pick.

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Vancouver's draft options at No. 11

Every draft is a crucial one for every NHL team, particularly in the contemporary NHL where affordable labour rules, but for a Canucks organization with a relatively weak prospect pool intent on retooling around their current core group, the 11th overall pick looms particularly large. From Dallas to Boston to Minnesota, it’s all but impossible to find an organization that has successfully retooled in the hard cap era without finding a major star outside of the top 10 at the NHL Entry Draft.

So who should Vancouver be hoping falls to them with the 11th overall pick in 2023?

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May 9, 2023 at 11:49 AM EDTMark Lazerus·Senior Writer, NHL

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Blackhawks’ Connor Bedard lottery prize ends one era and starts another

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Patrick Kane was traded to New York in February for a meager return. Jonathan Toews was kicked out the door, told he wouldn’t be offered a new contract. All that remained was a gutted roster, a franchise stripped down to the studs, and enough draft picks to fill Grant Park again. New general manager Kyle Davidson, cleaning up the mess left by his predecessor, Stan Bowman, had “cleared the decks,” to use his words, and for the first time in 16 years, the Chicago Blackhawks had no face, no voice, no star for the team to sell, for the fans to cling to, for hope to arise from.

That dark age lasted all of 25 days.

Less than a month after Toews took his final curtain call, telling his teammates that the overwhelming reaction he received from the Chicago faithful was proof that all the work and sweat and sacrifice is worth it, the Blackhawks won the NHL Draft Lottery and the right to draft 17-year-old wunderkind Connor Bedard, he of the 71 goals and 72 assists in 57 games with the Regina Pats, he of the jaw-dropping highlights that have dotted the hockey landscape all season. The grand prize.

Is he the next Connor McDavid? The next Sidney Crosby? The next Patrick Kane? Too soon to tell. But he’s the next face of the franchise, Chicago’s next big thing. From 19 and 88 to 98 and 4-5-9-13 — Bedard’s number and the combination of numbers that won the lottery — the Blackhawks’ chain of stars will be unbroken.

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May 9, 2023 at 11:36 AM EDTScott Powers·Senior Writer, Blackhawks

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New Laz & Powers

Mark Lazerus and I discuss the Blackhawks winning the NHL Draft Lottery and everything that could mean for the organization.

May 9, 2023 at 11:19 AM EDTArpon Basu·Senior Writer, NHL

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Canadiens keep pick at No. 5 and land right into Matvei Michkov dilemma

The Canadiens didn’t win the NHL draft lottery Monday evening, but they did beat the odds in holding their spot in the standings with the No. 5 pick. They only had about a one-in-four shot of that happening, far worse odds than the 58 percent chance of them dropping to No. 6 or 7, so that can be seen as a win, even if it isn’t the win they or their fans were dreaming about.

And yet, that win puts the Canadiens right in the sweet spot of what will be the biggest dilemma of this year’s draft, and that is the incredibly talented Russian forward Matvei Michkov. If his case were not complicated by his passport or an ongoing war in Ukraine or his contract linking him to SKA St. Petersburg at least until the end of the 2025-26 season, this would not be a dilemma for the Canadiens, because he would be long gone before they picked at No. 5.

But those factors are very real, and it will be up to the Columbus Blue Jackets at No. 3, the San Jose Sharks at No. 4 and the Canadiens to determine how to balance the talent of the player against those factors.

“For sure, it scares us more than it would another prospect because of the obvious reasons, but I couldn’t tell you today,” Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes said Monday, after a long pause, when asked if the organization is afraid of drafting Michkov. “If we determine that Michkov is much more talented than the other available players, we’ll have a decision to make. For now, we have a lot of work to do on his file, first of all as a player and second of all on the risks that would come with it, and from there we’ll make a decision.”

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May 9, 2023 at 10:57 AM EDTMark Lazerus·Senior Writer, NHL

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Lazerus: Has the Connor Bedard hype train gone off the rails?

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At this point, after two years of hype, two years of hyperbolic rankings, of endlessly looping GIFs, of frothing at the mouth over some kid in Saskatchewan, what would the wunderkind Connor Bedard need to do in order to actually live up to it all? To justify everything that’s been said and written about him? To truly be the puck prince that was promised?

Would 61 goals do it? Because that’s what Boston’s David Pastrňák, the 25th pick in the 2014 draft, did this season.

Would 46 goals and 63 assists do it? Because that’s what Dallas’ Jason Robertson, a second-round pick in 2017, did this season.

Would 99 points and Selke Trophy-caliber defense do it? Because that’s what Toronto’s Mitch Marner, the fourth pick in 2015, did this season.

Or would he have to do something almost inconceivable in the modern era, like post 153 points in a single season? You know, like Connor McDavid just did this season.

The NHL that Bedard will be walking into this fall — surely as a member of the Blackhawks after Chicago won Monday night’s draft lottery and the right to make Bedard the No. 1 pick on June 28 in Nashville — is not the same one that Sidney Crosby walked into in 2005, or that McDavid walked into in 2015. The year before Crosby debuted, Rick Nash, Ilya Kovalchuk and Jarome Iginla tied for the league lead with 41 goals. Martin St. Louis was the only 90-point scorer. The year before McDavid debuted, Jamie Benn won the scoring title with a mere 87 points.

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May 9, 2023 at 10:21 AM EDTThomas Drance·Senior Writer, Canucks

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NHL scouts poll: Connor Bedard will go No. 1, but is there debate at No. 2?

The NHL Draft Lottery balls bounced and whirred on Monday night in Secaucus, N.J.

With the fate of 11 NHL franchises in the balance, the winning combinations granted the first overall pick in the much hyped 2023 NHL Entry Draft to the Chicago Blackhawks and the second overall pick to the Anaheim Ducks. The poor Columbus Blue Jackets had their third overall selection tipped before NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly had an opportunity to show their placard to the broadcast audience.

At the top of the draft order, Connor Bedard looms large. He’s the consensus pick to have his name called out first from the NHL Draft floor in Nashville in June. Is there any meaningful debate about who Chicago should take with the first overall pick?

For Anaheim, if the first overall pick unfolds as expected, Adam Fantilli is widely expected to be the consolation prize. Is that set in stone though, or could we see a curveball thrown at the top of the draft order in the form of 6-foot-3 Swedish forward Leo Carlsson? And what about Matvei Michkov? Could he fall out of consideration entirely for Monday’s two winners at the NHL Draft Lottery?

To get a sense of the industry view of the apex of the 2023 draft class, we reached out to a quartet of veteran amateur talent evaluators from across the league. In order to have these NHL amateur scouts speak freely on the matter, we’ve made sure to only feature scouts from teams that weren’t part of the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery process and we’ve granted them anonymity. We’ll identify these scouts solely as Scout 1, Scout 2, Scout 3 and Scout 4. Some quotes have been edited for readability or clarity.

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Draft lottery leaves Ducks fans deflated, but hopeful

For a franchise often seen as the ignored one in a two-team NHL market, it doesn’t sit well that an Original Six franchise with three Stanley Cup championships in its not-so-distant past, one that openly dumped its 2022-23 season for a shot at Connor Bedard, managed to jump two spots and over the Ducks to No. 1. There’s no way around it. This stung.

To the throng of Ducks season-ticket holders who braved rush-hour SoCal traffic, general manager Pat Verbeek applied balm to some hurt feelings.

“There’s two players, three players that we’re going to be looking at that are going to make a big difference in our franchise,” he said. “We probably didn’t get Connor Bedard, but the next three guys are very exciting.”

Three guys, huh? Perhaps we can take it as Verbeek viewing the Ducks’ choices at No. 2 on June 28 as being in line with what’s long been projected: Adam Fantilli, Leo Carlsson or Matvei Michkov. The Michkov factor, with him being in the KHL until his contract expires in 2026, can certainly play into whether he’ll go within the top five, as his talent suggests, or slip beyond that given the lengthy wait for the dynamic winger.

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May 9, 2023 at 9:26 AM EDTSean Gentille·Senior Writer, NHL

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Jack Eichel, with the NHL Draft Lottery in the background, gives hope to the ‘unlucky’

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EDMONTON — It’d be weird to assume that Jack Eichel had anything on his mind Monday night besides the game he just played.

Eichel was the best player on the ice at Rogers Centre, leading the Vegas Golden Knights to a 5-1 Game 3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. They’re up in the series now, having answered Edmonton’s Game 2 fireworks show with one of their own. This is the postseason. Eichel is getting his first taste. And friends, it seems to agree with him.

The toolkit was on display. He scored a goal, set up two others and generally looked like the well-rounded, five-on-five force he’s shown himself to be … when allowed. Injuries and ineptitude at the helm of his old franchise denied this opportunity and delayed this moment a whole lot longer than anyone would’ve guessed back in 2015.

It was long enough for another generational player to crop up. Connor Bedard is a pending Chicago Blackhawk, as of a few moments before puck drop on Monday. Connor McDavid is still around. He’s great. We’re not here to litigate that. For the time being, though, he’s also losing home playoff games to Eichel, who’d have been the No. 1 pick in nearly any draft other than the one that fell when both were eligible.

Their paths haven’t diverged, necessarily — not much more than anyone would’ve expected, at least. McDavid breathes his own air these days, though, and Eichel is playing catch-up. That puts him in a crowded club. The comparison is unfair for any player, let alone him, and the only reason it’s still A Thing, though it has waned, is because they came up together. It’s still something he deals with, because it’s still impossible not to be in the same room, or the same arena, and not think about it.

So as Eichel scored Vegas’ fourth goal of the night — he put Evan Bouchard on a poster, whether Bouchard blew a tire or not — and stared into the seats, it was worth double-checking. Did that goal have any extra juice, given where we are and what happened before the game?

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May 9, 2023 at 9:16 AM EDTCorey Masisak·Staff Writer, Sharks

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Why Sharks could face huge test of patience for long-term gain with No. 4 pick in NHL Draft

The good news for the San Jose Sharks is they did not drop after the results of the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery were revealed.

Getting to stay put at No. 4 is a small victory, given the odds were nearly two-thirds in favor of the Sharks ending up at No. 5 or No. 6. Having the fourth pick in a draft that has either four or five elite players in it is a fine outcome, particularly after pulling off the most improbable tank job in modern NHL history.

Now comes the really interesting part, because this decision is not only going to change the course of the franchise for years to come … it’s probably not going to be an easy one.

“I think we’re excited that we’re going to get a good player,” Sharks general manager Mike Grier said. “Obviously you hope you maybe get some luck and things go your way. But at the end of the day, we didn’t drop, which I think we’re all really happy about.”

Chicago could turn in its choice right now. People are likely already buying Connor Bedard jerseys in the Windy City. It’s probably going to be an easy call for Anaheim to select Adam Fantilli with the second pick as well.

And then the real intrigue begins, with Columbus on the clock at No. 3 and San Jose on deck. There are likely three players in consideration after Bedard and Fantilli — Swedish forward Leo Carlsson, Russian forward Matvei Michkov and American forward Will Smith.

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May 9, 2023 at 8:47 AM EDTAaron Portzline·Senior Writer, Blue Jackets

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Inside the moment the Chicago Blackhawks won the NHL Draft Lottery — before a TV miscue

SECAUCUS, N.J. — About 30 minutes before the NHL holds its annual draft lottery, league commissioner Gary Bettman is making small talk and snacking on chips in a small room just down the hallway from the NHL Network’s studio.

He steps away from a brief conversation about the draft order and declares which outcome he’s rooting for. “I root for no controversy,” he said, smiling.

Well, almost.

The NHL draft lottery itself went off without a hitch or a hiccup on Monday. Chicago won the Connor Bedard sweepstakes by jumping from No. 3 to No. 1 in the draft order, pushing Anaheim into the No. 2 overall pick and Columbus to the No. 3 overall pick.

It was on the TV show about an hour later — when the draft order was revealed to the public via ESPN — that the flub occurred. As the network cut to a commercial break with the top three picks still a mystery, broadcaster Kevin Weekes spoiled the surprise.

“And there’s our first change in the order,” Weekes said, “with Columbus dropping to third, so now either Anaheim or Chicago will select first overall.”

Wait. What?

It wasn’t until the show returned from break — which must have seemed like an eternity to those watching at home — that NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Weekes’ slip-up by flipping over the No. 3 placard to reveal the Blue Jackets’ logo.

Both Weekes and the NHL declined to comment. A source with knowledge of the situation told The Athletic that a production error fed the wrong words into the teleprompter that Weekes was using, and that it wasn’t just a passing comment by the former NHL goaltender and veteran broadcaster.

Most importantly, it had no impact on the actual draft order, which was determined approximately an hour before the TV show. It only ruined the surprise element of the draft, particularly in Columbus, where fans gathered at a local brewery for a watch party.

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NHL mock draft: Bedard, Fantilli, then ... ?

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With the lottery balls deciding that Chicago will get the No. 1 pick — very likely Connor Bedard — in the 2023 NHL Draft, it is officially mock draft season. The Athletic’s staff of NHL writers participated in this exercise, making the first 16 picks in the draft order. I’ve provided my commentary and solicited some NHL scouts’ opinions as well.

The 2023 NHL Entry Draft takes place in Nashville on June 28 and 29.

  1. Chicago Blackhawks: Connor Bedard, C, Regina (WHL)

The Blackhawks sure didn’t have to sit very long with the question of how they were going to replace Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on and off the ice. Bedard may not immediately elevate the Blackhawks to Stanley Cup contender again, but he does push them faster in the right direction and provides them the marketing piece they desperately needed. As soon as Bedard’s name is called at the draft, 98 jerseys will hang where 19 and 88 jerseys once did. And like Kane and Toews did as rookies, Bedard arrives to Chicago when expectations have been lowered after recent years. Fans will undoubtedly fill the United Center to see Bedard’s talent, but he will have time to adapt and develop. Bedard is a major piece to general manager Kyle Davidson’s rebuild, but there are other pieces to go. It could be the ideal situation for Bedard to step into with a major market but one that will be patient, too. —Scott Powers

Read the full mock draft here.

(Illustration: Sean Reilly / The Athletic; photos: Jaime Crawford, Dennis Pajot, Dale Preston / Getty Images)

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May 8, 2023 at 9:55 PM EDTScott Wheeler·Staff Writer, NHL

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2023 NHL Draft Lottery takeaways: Bedard’s projection? Who’ll pick Michkov?

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That was exactly what it’s supposed to be: a tense, edge-of-your-seat TV spectacle that alters the trajectory of two (it’s easy to forget, with all the bluster about this No. 1, that two lotteries were drawn Monday night) organizations. My heart rate picked up watching it play out with no stake in the game, so I can only imagine what it must’ve felt like for the fans and teams involved, let alone for Connor Bedard — who looked as nervous as I’ve seen him in his interview off the top of the show — and his family.

Now, as the dust settles, the stage begins to set, first for final scouting meetings and the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, N.Y., as teams are finally able to narrow in their lists, and then for the main event in Nashville, Tenn., on June 28 and 29. And as I sort through what the finalized draft order means myself, here are the big questions I’m considering, and everything else I’m thinking about.

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May 8, 2023 at 9:50 PM EDTAaron Portzline·Senior Writer, Blue Jackets

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Blue Jackets feel more NHL draft lottery heartbreak, fall to No. 3 — who might they pick?

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Once again, the NHL draft lottery was no friend to the Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets, coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history, slid from No. 2 to No. 3 in the draft order in Monday’s lottery, knocking them out of the running for the two elite-level prospects — forwards Connor Bedard and Adam Fantilli — ahead of next month’s draft.

It was a crushing blow to the Blue Jackets, and perhaps extra difficult for their fans, who watched on television as the Blue Jackets were announced as having the No. 3 pick before deputy commissioner Bill Daly turned over the card. The Blue Jackets were dreaming of a chance to draft Bedard, of course, but they were hopeful of landing a top-two spot. Bedard and Fantilli are both considered NHL-ready centers, ready to make an impact in 2023-24 and beyond.

“I always try to remain optimistic, but I look at the odds, and you know the odds weren’t great when you have a 13.5 percent chance at winning the lottery,” Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. “It’s just the reality of it. It’s out of our control."

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Ducks miss out on Bedard, see No. 2 pick as 'exciting opportunity'

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — A sizable gathering of Ducks fans at a restaurant across the street from Honda Center got louder with its cheers as deputy commissioner Bill Daly counted down toward the No. 1 placard. And when Columbus was revealed as the team with the third pick in this summer’s NHL draft, the crowd’s anticipation reached a fever pitch.

Either Chicago or Anaheim was going to be revealed. The possibility that the Ducks were going to get the first pick in a draft for the first time in franchise history started to look like reality, so much so that a commercial break temporarily burst the emotional balloon being blown.

When Daly turned over the “1” placard and the Blackhawks logo appeared, there was an audible groan from an amped-up audience. The Ducks will have the No. 2 pick and they’ll get a terrific player – perhaps Hobey Baker winner Adam Fantilli. But this crowd wanted No. 1 and the decidedly downbeat vibe after the lottery finished was in stark contrast to the fueled-up nature before.

“You get close to No. 1 – I mean the franchise has never had a No. 1 overall – so I think from that aspect, that’s disappointing,” Ducks general manager Pat Verbeek told The Athletic. “Five days away from the end of the season, maybe less, we were looking at picking fifth. You lose (the lottery) and you could go to seven. That would have been really disappointing.

“I’m really excited. We’re going to get a really good player that’s going to really help turn our franchise around.”

Before jumping into a round of interviews, Verbeek spoke to the crowd that was ready for a Bedard celebration and tried to deliver an upbeat message. The No. 2 pick might be Fantilli or not, but Verbeek feels good that choice will be someone they truly covet.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” he said. “We’re going to pick the player we want. If we would have been three, we might not have gotten to pick the player. That’s the difference.”

(Photo: Mike Stobe / NHLI via Getty Images)

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NHL Draft Lottery: Chicago wins Bedard sweepstakes? ›

The player considered the National Hockey League's next superstar just found out where he will be playing pro hockey this fall. Connor Bedard is likely heading to the Chicago Blackhawks, the franchise that won the NHL draft lottery on Monday night -- despite not having the best odds.

Why did Chicago get Bedard? ›

Connor Bedard is going to Chicago thanks to a big win in the NHL draft lottery that could alter the future of the storied Original Six franchise. Chicago won the lottery Monday night for the right to choose Bedard, the league's most anticipated drawing since Connor McDavid in 2015.

What is Connor Bedard's salary? ›

Connor Bedard's salary as a rookie for the Chicago Blackhawks is an impressive $950,000 for the 2023-24 season. This sum includes a base salary of $855,000 and a signing bonus of $95,000. Bedard's contract guarantees him a total of $13,350,000 over three years.

What are the odds of the Blackhawks getting the Bedard? ›

Last year the Hawks had the third-best chance (11.5%) to win the first pick — and the right to draft Bedard — and they beat those odds. This year their 23-53-6 finish awarded them the second-best odds (13.5%), but what are the chances lightning strikes twice? Not as crazy as you think.

What happened with Connor Bedard? ›

CHICAGO -- Connor Bedard has played two games after missing nearly six weeks with a fractured jaw sustained Jan. 5. The No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft has shown no hesitation, very little rust and added a few points to his statistics.

Why does Connor Bedard wear 98? ›

Connor Bedard, 98: I just picked it when I was like 6 years old, liked it, and no one had it at the time in the NHL, so I thought that was kind of cool. Yeah, I think when I was young, drew the higher number, and it stuck with me.

Who walked away from the NHL first round pick? ›

Just a few months ahead of their wedding, Koekkoek told her that he was quitting professional hockey. “I knew the feelings I had. … I lost hope for the future,” Koekkoek said. “And so we talked it out over dinner and decided I would walk away.”

What is the lowest salary in the NHL? ›

The minimum salary for players in the NHL amounted to 750 thousand U.S. dollars in the 2023/24 season.

Who is the highest paid NHL player? ›

1 spot is Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon with $17.5 million of his own. The 28-year-old MacKinnon will collect $16.5 million of that total on the ice, from the eight-year, $100.8 million contract extension he signed last fall.

How long is Connor Bedard's contract with the Blackhawks? ›

The Chicago Blackhawks today announced the team has agreed to terms with forward Connor Bedard on a three-year, entry-level contract that runs through the 2025-26 season ($950,000 salary cap hit).

Is Celebrini better than Bedard? ›

Bedard was at an NHLe of 62, while Celebrini has an NHLe of 60. Bedard had more hype and certainly had better performances in the World Juniors, but Celebrini's World Under-18 at 16 actually paced better than Bedard's as Celebrini posted a Canadian record 15 points in seven games.

What is Connor Bedard favorite team? ›

Given Bedard's offensive brilliance — that nearly unstoppable drag-and-drive wrist shot, those daring dives through the slot, those slick no-look backhanded passes — it seems safe to assume that Bedard's favorite Canucks player as a kid in Vancouver would be one of the Sedin twins, or Bo Horvat, or Brock Boeser, or ...

How old was Connor Bedard when he started hockey? ›

At age 15, Bedard became the first WHL player to be granted exceptional player status to enter the league at an early age.

Why is Connor Bedard wearing a full face helmet? ›

Connor Bedard's choice saved him at the World Juniors

After Slovakia's second goal in the quarterfinals, he slid face-first into the goalpost. Fortunately, Bedard appeared to be unharmed, and it became apparent that his choice of protection played a role in safeguarding him from potential injuries.

Why is Connor Bedard not in NHL 24? ›

One of the primary reasons for Connor Bedard's absence from NHL 24 is his age and eligibility status. Being a highly-touted prospect and the first overall pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2023 NHL Draft, Bedard's entry into the league has been eagerly anticipated.

What does Melanie Bedard do? ›

She commenced her professional journey as a prosperous sales manager. However, she later opted to pause her career to concentrate on fostering Connor's hockey journey. Alongside this commitment, Melanie established a fitness and wellness enterprise, drawing upon her proficiency in marketing and sales.

Why does Bedard wear a bubble? ›

Bedard will be required to wear a bubble mask that protects his entire face — the same equipment Chara wore in 2019 — for some time. But he noted he has “played pretty well in a bubble” in the past, referencing his domination of the 2023 World Junior Championship, where the mask was required. It shouldn't be a problem.

How old was Bedard when he was drafted? ›

Bedard is also the second Blackhawks rookie to be named an NHL All-Star, and the first in more than 50 years – joining the late Tony Esposito (1969-1970). Bedard was still 17 when he was drafted by the Blackhawks last summer – but he had pre-draft resume to justify the buzz.

What AAA team did Bedard play for? ›

Connor Bedard Statistics
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21-22Regina Pats"A"49
Canada U18"C"1
Canada U204
22-23Regina Pats"C"72
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