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Connor Bedard tracker: Goals, schedule for NHL's top rookie

A new era in Chicago Blackhawks hockey began the moment they won the 2023 NHL draft lottery and, with it, the chance to draft Connor Bedard.

Draft him the club did, and his professional career has gotten off to a fast start, with his first goal in Game 2. He currently has 17 goals and 23 assists for the season, but missed time after sustaining a broken jaw on Jan. 5 against the Devils.

He made his return on Feb. 15 against the Penguins.

Follow along here for the key moments in the phenom's rookie campaign, along with upcoming games on the Blackhawks schedule, a vast majority of which are available to ESPN+ subscribers at no additional cost via NHL PowerPlay.

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Bedard game-by-game

Note: Most recent games first.

Feb. 25: Red Wings 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Bedard picked up an assist on Nick Foligno's go-ahead goal in the second period, but former Blackhawk Alex DeBrincat tied it in the third, and another former highly drafted Blackhawk, Patrick Kane, won it in OT.

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Bedard's shot goes in off Foligno's elbow

Bedard's shot goes in off Foligno's elbow


Feb. 24: Jets 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

No points for Bedard in this one, as the Jets needed the extra session to earn two points against the Blackhawks.

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Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Game Highlights

Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Game Highlights


Feb. 21: Flyers 3, Blackhawks 1

Bedard went scoreless in a career-high 24:49 of ice time as Chicago fell short against Philly.

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Game Highlights

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Game Highlights


Feb. 19: Hurricanes 6, Blackhawks 3

Bedard had a goal and two assists in this one, but the Hurricanes were too much for his Blackhawks.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Carolina Hurricanes: Game Highlights

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Carolina Hurricanes: Game Highlights


Feb. 17: Blackhawks 3, Senators 2

Bedard notched goal No. 16 and assist No. 20 in leading the Blackhawks to win No. 15 of the season.

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Connor Bedard scores goal vs. Senators

Connor Bedard scores goal vs. Senators


Feb. 15: Penguins 4, Blackhawks 1

Bedard made his return to the ice against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins, skating 21:17. While the phenom notched assist No. 19 on Philipp Kurashev's second period goal, that was not enough to upend Pittsburgh.

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Connor Bedard notches assist to Philipp Kurashev in return to ice

After missing 14 games with a fractured jaw, Connor Bedard returns to the Blackhawks and quickly tallies an assist.


Jan. 5: Devils 4, Blackhawks 2

Fans who gathered at the Prudential Center in Newark to check out the NHL's rookie phenom were left a bit underwhelmed as Bedard was knocked out of the game by a Brendan Smith hit in the first period.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. New Jersey Devils: Game Highlights

Chicago Blackhawks vs. New Jersey Devils: Game Highlights


Jan. 4: Rangers 4, Blackhawks 1

Bedard did not figure into the scoring mix in this one, but did find out that he will be the player representing the Blackhawks at the All-Star Game this season.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers: Full Highlights

Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers: Full Highlights


Jan. 2: Predators 3, Blackhawks 0

Neither Bedard nor any other Blackhawk had a point in this one, but the phenom did block a shot in 19:07 of ice time.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators: Full Highlights

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators: Full Highlights


Dec. 31: Stars 8, Blackhawks 1

After a close matchup with the Stars two days prior, Bedard and friends were on the wrong side of a TD plus two-point conversion on New Year's Eve. But, he did pick up assist No. 18 on the season via a Philipp Kurashev power-play goal in the third.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars: Full Highlights

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars: Full Highlights


Dec. 29: Stars 5, Blackhawks 4 (OT)

Bedard & Co. came up just short to one of the West's top teams, and the first-year phenom was kept off the score sheet.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars: Full Highlights

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars: Full Highlights


Dec. 27: Blackhawks 2, Jets 1

Bedard was responsible for both Chicago goals -- including the game-winner in overtime -- as the Blackhawks began their post-holiday schedule.

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Connor Bedard speeds in for OT winner for the Blackhawks

Connor Bedard skates across the goal line and quickly wrists in the winning goal for the Blackhawks in overtime.


Dec. 23: Blues 7, Blackhawks 5

This one was clearly not lacking for offense, the highlight of which was Bedard's lacrosse-style "Michigan" goal in the first period:

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Connor Bedard is a magician with amazing lacrosse-style goal

Connor Bedard whips the puck from behind the net past the goalie for an outstanding goal for the Blackhawks.


Dec. 22: Canadiens 5, Blackhawks 2

Another No. 1 overall pick -- 2022's Juraj Slafkovsky -- stole the show in this one, with a goal and an assist in the Habs' win. Bedard chipped in with an assist on Ryan Donato's first period goal.

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights

Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights


Dec. 19: Blackhawks 3, Avalanche 2

That's why they play the games! While the Avs are headed for another serious playoff run and the Blackhawks are destined for the draft lottery again, sometimes wild things happen. Bedard picked up assist Nos. 15 and 16 in this one.

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Lukas Reichel scores goal for Chicago Blackhawks

Lukas Reichel scores goal for Chicago Blackhawks


Dec. 17: Canucks 4, Blackhawks 3

A game that was perhaps closer than many assumed it would be, but in the end the Blackhawks didn't have quite enough against the Canucks. Bedard added two power-play assists in this one, pushing his season total to 14 helpers.

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Cole Guttman scores on the power play for Chicago Blackhawks

Cole Guttman scores on the power play for Chicago Blackhawks


Dec. 14: Kraken 7, Blackhawks 1

Another rough outing for the Blackhawks, as the Kraken were not very kind hosts in this one.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Seattle Kraken: Full Highlights

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Seattle Kraken: Full Highlights


Dec. 12: Oilers 4, Blackhawks 1

It had been a minute since Bedard had scored a goal, and on a massive stage -- a nationally televised game against Connor McDavid & Co. -- he scored the first goal of the contest. (The Oilers would score four straight to win the game.)

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Connor Bedard scores first for the Blackhawks

Blackhawks sensation Connor Bedard gets the first goal of the night vs. Connor McDavid and the Oilers.


Dec. 10: Capitals 4, Blackhawks 2

A pair of assists for a Bedard in a losing effort for Chicago.

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Connor Murphy scores power-play goal vs. Capitals

Connor Murphy scores power-play goal vs. Capitals


Dec. 9: Blackhawks 3, Blues 1

No points for Bedard in this one, but a steady victory for his team against a division foe.

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St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights

St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights


Dec. 7: Blackhawks 1, Ducks 0

Some may have tuned in to this game anticipating a high-scoring affair between two teams with exciting young players. Those folks would've been disappointed! But, Bedard fans have reason for joy, as he assisted on Philipp Kurashev's second-period, power-play goal which was the only one scored the entire game.

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Connor Bedard sets up Philipp Kurashev for Blackhawks goal

Connor Bedard sets up Philipp Kurashev for Blackhawks goal


Dec. 5: Predators 4, Blackhawks 3

No points for Bedard in this one, but a reasonably close game against a division rival portends good things for the future of the team!

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Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights

Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights


Dec. 3: Wild 4, Blackhawks 1

With the Wild up 4-0 in the third, Bedard earned a secondary assist on Taylor Raddysh's power-play goal.

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Taylor Raddysh nets power-play goal

Taylor Raddysh nets power-play goal


Dec. 2: Jets 3, Blackhawks 1

Bedard started the scoring in this tilt, notching his 11th of the season at 4:39 of the first period. The Jets, however, would come back to score three to take the W.

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Connor Bedard scores goal vs. Jets

Connor Bedard scores goal vs. Jets


Nov. 30: Red Wings 5, Blackhawks 1

The recently signed Patrick Kane wasn't ready to skate against his former team, and this wasn't the greatest night for Bedard and the Blackhawks either. But, the rookie did pick up an assist on Lukas Reichel's power-play tally.

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Lukas Reichel capitalizes on the power play

Lukas Reichel capitalizes on the power play


Nov. 28: Blackhawks 4, Kraken 3

No points for Bedard in 15:57 of ice time, but a solid team victory for Chicago over a 2023 playoff team.

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Seattle Kraken vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights

Seattle Kraken vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights


Nov. 26: Blues 4, Blackhawks 2

Bedard had trouble getting any pucks past Jordan Binnington in this one, though he landed three shots on goal in 16:52 of ice time.

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St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights

St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights


Nov. 24: Blackhawks 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

Bedard didn't have any goals in this one -- his teammate Jason Dickinson had a hat trick -- but he did get the primary assist on fellow rookie Kevin Korchinski's OT game-winner.

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Blackhawks win in OT on a Kevin Korchinski goal

Blackhawks win in OT on a Kevin Korchinski goal


Nov. 22: Blue Jackets 7, Blackhawks 3

The fans in Columbus were thankful for all of the offense in this one, and Bedard rang up his 10th goal of the season late in the first period.

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Connor Bedard pulls a goal back for Chicago

Connor Bedard pulls a goal back for Chicago


Nov. 19: Sabres 3, Blackhawks 2

For the second time in two days, Bedard had an assist on a Philipp Kurashev goal, but the Blackhawks emerge from this one with another loss.

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Philipp Kurashev scores goal for Chicago Blackhawks

Philipp Kurashev scores goal for Chicago Blackhawks


Nov. 18: Predators 4, Blackhawks 2

Bedard earned a primary assist on Philipp Kurashev's second period goal, but ultimately the Blackhawks could not upend the Preds in this Central Division clash.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators: Full Highlights

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators: Full Highlights


Nov. 16: Lightning 4, Blackhawks 2

After a standout performance in Chicago's 5-3 win over the Lightning one week prior, Bedard was held scoreless in 19:17 of ice time in this one, as Tampa Bay got its revenge.

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights


Nov. 12: Panthers 4, Blackhawks 3

Bedard scored two more goals, but the Panthers proved a bit too much in the rematch from Nov. 4.

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Connor Bedard does it all on a sick Blackhawks goal

Connor Bedard steals the puck and scores a pretty goal for the Blackhawks.


Nov. 9: Blackhawks 5, Lightning 3

Although the Lightning scored first, Bedard led a furious scoring onslaught for the Blackhawks during the first period, with two goals and an assist, en route to a Chicago win.

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Connor Bedard puts together 3-point period for Blackhawks

Connor Bedard dazzles with a 3-point first period for the Blackhawks vs. the Lightning.


Nov. 5: Devils 4, Blackhawks 2

No points for Bedard in 19:54 of ice time in this one, as the Devils earn a win after learning Jack Hughes would be out "week to week" with an injury.

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New Jersey Devils vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights

New Jersey Devils vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Full Highlights


Nov. 4: Blackhawks 5, Panthers 2

Bedard delighted the home crowd with a second period goal that put the Blackhawks up 4-0 en route to a commanding victory.

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Connor Bedard's powerful finish makes it 4-0 Blackhawks

Connor Bedard's powerful finish makes it 4-0 Blackhawks


Oct. 30: Coyotes 8, Blackhawks 1

On a visit to Mullett Arena, it was Bedard striking first with a goal 28 seconds into the proceedings. But then the Yotes took over, scoring eight straight.

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Connor Bedard scores 28 seconds into game for Chicago

Connor Bedard wastes no time scoring as he finds the back of the net just 28 seconds into the game.


Oct. 27: Blackhawks 4, Golden Knights 3

Bedard & Co. handed the Golden Knights their first loss of the 2023-24 season, and he scored goal No. 3 during the proceedings:

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Connor Bedard scores his 3rd goal of the season for Blackhawks

Connor Bedard tallies goal vs. Golden Knights


Oct. 24: Bruins 3, Blackhawks 0

Bedard and the rest of the Blackhawks were held off the scoreboard in this one, but it wasn't for lack of trying, as an apparent goal was called off due to a coach's challenge:

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Buccigross bummed after Connor Bedard's goal is chalked off

John Buccigross isn't happy after Connor Bedard's opening goal for the Blackhawks is chalked off after a challenge by the Bruins.


Oct. 21: Golden Knights 5, Blackhawks 3

Ticket prices for Bedard's home debut were through the roof, and the rookie didn't wait long to give the fans what they wanted. He scored his first home goal on the power play 1:30 into the first period. But, Chicago didn't have nearly enough offense to match up with the defending Cup champs this night.

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Connor Bedard scores his first home goal for the Blackhawks

Connor Bedard slaps the puck past the goalie to notch his first home goal for the Blackhawks.


Oct. 19: Avalanche 4, Blackhawks 0

As we prognosticated upon Bedard's rookie season, we had a feeling that the Blackhawks would not be among the top Stanley Cup favorites. They faced one a team like that in this game, and the Avs showed Bedard & Co. a glimpse of what that looks like up close. No points (or highlight-reel clips), but a decent 7-for-15 from the faceoff dot for our guy Bedard.


Oct. 16: Blackhawks 4, Maple Leafs 1

In Bedard's final season of junior hockey, he had more games with five points than games with zero points. Chicago's win over Toronto in his fourth game was one of the second type, as he failed to register a point despite a lopsided win for his club:

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Full Highlights

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Full Highlights


Oct. 14: Canadiens 3, Blackhawks 2

The Canadiens edged the Blackhawks in a game of two teams we expect will be in the draft lottery again in 2024. Bedard picked up an assist on Tyler Johnson's second goal of the game:

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Tyler Johnson scores goal for Blackhawks

Tyler Johnson scores goal for Blackhawks


Oct. 11: Bruins 3, Blackhawks 1

Bedard & Co. fell short in their second game of the season, but he did score the first regular-season goal of his career:

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Connor Bedard scores his first NHL goal for the Blackhawks

Connor Bedard is relentless in front of goal as he grabs his own rebounded shot and slots it in.


Oct. 10: Blackhawks 4, Penguins 2

The stories leading into Bedard's first game focused on the matchup with his childhood idol (and fellow No. 1 draft pick) Sidney Crosby. Bedard's night included taking the game's first faceoff against Crosby, and he also had an assist on Ryan Donato's goal:

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Connor Bedard records first NHL assist

Connor Bedard finds Ryan Donato, who smashes home the rebound to pull the Blackhawks within one goal of the Penguins.


Upcoming Blackhawks games

Note: All games not broadcast by NHL Network, TNT or TBS are available on ESPN+.

Feb. 29: vs. Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

March 2: vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 8 p.m.

March 4: at Colorado Avalanche, 9 p.m.

March 5: at Arizona Coyotes, 9 p.m.

March 9: at Washington Capitals, 7 p.m.

March 10: vs. Arizona Coyotes, 6 p.m. (NHL Network)

March 12: vs. Anaheim Ducks, 8:30 p.m.

March 15: vs. Los Angeles Kings, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

March 17: vs. San Jose Sharks, 6 p.m.

March 19: at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m.

Full schedule for the Blackhawks