But if the Red Wings play as GM Yzerman hopes they play in 2022-23, they won’t stand a chance of getting it. The player is Regina Pats star Conor Bedard and TSN analyst Craig Patton said Beddard reminds him of Yzerman.
“Connor has all the skill, but what impresses me is his intensity as Stevie Way, killer instinct,” Patton told reporter Gere Joyce of his story in the New York Times.
Bedard is the first 17-year-old in 35 years to reach 100 points in the Western Hockey League. It is very dynamic and competitive.
Conor Bedard is disgusting.
— John (@92In82) August 4, 2022
“Bedard is quick and evasive,” said Ross Cohen of Sportsology who is working on a draft analysis for Sirius Radio. “He has more energy in every shift than most hockey players I have seen. He has a powerful shot in the wrist and Dix is already a professional level player. His speed, dexterity and dribbling make him a talent for generations.”
Red Line reporter and publisher Kyle Woodliff believes Continental hockey forward Matvey Michkov of Saint Petersburg could challenge Beddard. He broke the record for Nikita Kucherov’s record as an under-17 player.
“Beddard and Mischkov are clearly leading the way, and both would be No. 1 on the overall subject in nearly any draft year,” Woodliff said.
Woodlief says Bedard-Michkov is the best duo in the NHL since Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel competed prior to the 2015 draft.
“There is not much that separates Bedard and Myshkov; they are both very young, but they are exceptionally skilled.” Woodleaf said. “(They are) so skilled that each of them could become a top scorer with 50 goals, not 35 or 40 goals, in the NHL.”
According to Cohen, the only negative thing about Michkov is that he is contractually tied to the KHL until 2026.
“He has a magical hand,” Cohen said. “He is really strong off the disc. When he plays at full speed it is difficult to handle. He has a quick ability to strike…but the contract can scare away some teams.”
Early Reading for the Bedard Sweepstakes: It’s a battle between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Arizona Coyotes. But veteran writer Sam Karchide of Philly Hockey Now thinks the Philadelphia Flyers are at odds, too. The Montreal Canadiens may also be in the process of searching.
But it’s all guesswork until the season begins.
But after Steve Yzerman’s free agent signing spree, no one listed the Detroit Red Wings as a potential entry for Bedard in the sweepstakes. Even if the Red Wings didn’t make the playoffs, they still had to be in the bottom eleven to be able to kick the ball into Bedard.
Under current rules, you can only move to the top 10 in the draft if you win the lottery.
Red Wings fans probably don’t expect to study the draft favorites as much as they’ve had in the past four seasons. But they cannot be sure.
Project 2023 has other potential stars. Cohen likes Adam Fantilli heading to Michigan for second, ahead of Myshkov “(He (Fantilli) will be a top spot in the NHL one day,” Cohen said. “He’s very fast, very dangerous in the hole.
Woodleaf had featured Slovakian Dalibor Dvorsky in third place. “It would have been my number one overall if it had been available this year,” Woodleaf said.
Woodlief has some good news for fans if the Red Wings falter this season and miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.
“Project 2023 is very deep compared to the most recent drafts,” Woodliff said.
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