NHL – Craig Button’s list: Connor Bedard dispelled doubts

If there were any doubts about Connor Bedard as the No. 1 prospect heading into the next NHL Draft, they were dispelled after a legendary performance at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

With 9 goals and 23 points in 7 games, Bedard broke Eric Lindros’ 30-year-old record for points amassed by a Canadian in the tournament. Named player and forward par excellence of the competition, he also won his second gold medal.

“It seems Connor Bedard has his detractors, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary that shows there shouldn’t be any detractors,” said TSN network recruiting director Craig Button, who released the most recent Tuesday. update of his ranking of the best hopes, still dominated by Bedard.

“They said Wayne Gretzky wasn’t skating fast enough, his shooting wasn’t very good, he wasn’t very tall, that they thought professional hockey was going to eat him up. I heard similar things about Bedard.

“From the moment Connor Bedard started in the Western Junior League (WHL), and for every minute that followed, until [dimanche] evening, he only dominated. U18, World Juniors, Western Junior League. If Connor Bedard is to be doubted, every other player in this draft deserves to be doubted to a much greater extent. »

Bedard returned to action with the Regina Pats on Sunday and had 4 goals and 6 points against the Calgary Hitmen.

Adam Fantilli of the University of Michigan and Leo Carlsson of Swedish club Örebro kept the 2e et 3e ranks in Button’s ranking. Both natural centers, they played on the wing for their respective teams at the World Juniors. Fantilli had 2 goals and 5 points to help Canada win gold, while Carlsson scored 3 goals and had 6 points with Sweden, who finished fourth.

“Do I think their potential is much greater than what they were able to show at the World Juniors? Absolutely,” Button said. “But I think for what they’ve been asked to do playing in a position that wasn’t natural to them, their performance has been very admirable. »

The Swedish defender Axel Sandin-Pellikka is one of the players who used the World Juniors to showcase his talent, rising from 27th to 10th in Button’s list. Sandin-Pellikka led Sweden in average time on ice per game (19:54).

Another Swedish defender, Tom Willander, also made a significant jump in the rankings, rising from 26th to 15th place. Willander didn’t make Sweden’s World Juniors squad, but he had 4 goals and 16 points in 25 games with Rogle BK J20.

“I think they’re the two best defensemen available at this draft,” Button said. “The combination of skating, intelligence, ability to make plays, and calmness in possession of the puck, they have it. »

“Obviously, if I had had reason to believe it earlier, I would have placed them higher, but these two youngsters are players who make the difference. »

Of the 64 players listed in Button’s ranking, five play in the QMJHL. The highest ranked is Sherbrooke Phoenix Quebec forward Ethan Gauthier at 12e rung. Moncton Wildcats defenseman Étienne Morin follows at 26e rank, ahead of Halifax Mooseheads forward Mathieu Cataford (28e), Drummondville Voltigeurs forward Tyler Peddle (54e) and Shawinigan Cataractes defender Jordan Tourigny (56e).

CRAIG BUTTON’S LIST AS OF JANUARY 10

RANG PLAYER TEAM POS GRANDEUR WEIGHT MJ B P
1 Connor Bedard Regina (WHL) C 5’9 ¾ 183 29 31 70
2 Adam Fantilli Michigan (NCAA) C 6’2 195 16 11 26
3 Leo Carlsson Örebro (SHL) C 6’3 198 25 3 14
4 Eduard Sale Brno (JUN) AG 6’2 174 26 3 6
5 Matvei Michkov St. Petersburg (KHL) AD 5’10 172 12 10 14
6 Will Smith USA NTDP (USHL) C 5’11 ¾ 178 30 22 54
7 Colby Barlow Owen Sound (OHL) AG 6’0 ¼ 193 33 25 46
8 Andrew Crystal Kelowna (WHL) AG/HR 5’9 ½ 167 36 26 62
9 Zach Benson Winnipeg (WHL) AG 5’9 160 33 23 54
10 Axel Sandin-Pellikka Skelleftea (SWE J20) D 5’10 ¾ 176 20 13 26
11 Brayden Yager Moose Jaw (WHL) C 5’10 ½ 162 38 18 48
12 Ethan Gauthier Sherbrooke (QMJHL) C 5’11 ¼ 176 38 16 45
13 Ryan Leonard USA NTDP (USHL) AD 5’11 ½ 190 28 22 42
14 Gabe Perreault USA NTDP (USHL) AG 5’10 ¾ 165 33 26 59
15 Tom Willander Rogle (SWE J20) D 6’1 ¼ 180 25 4 16
16 Oliver Moore USA NTDP (USHL) C 5’11 188 31 18 41
17 Riley Heidt Prince George (WHL) C 5’10 ½ 182 36 18 52
18 Nate Danielson Brandon (WHL) C 6’1 ¼ 185 38 20 49
19 Dalibor Dvorsky AIK (SWE-As) C 6’1 201 21 4 8
20 Mikhail Gulyaev Omsk (MHL) D 5’11 172 12 1 17
21 Koehn Ziemmer Prince George (WHL) AD 6’0 ¼ 204 36 20 52
22 samuel honzek Vancouver (WHL) AG 6’3 ½ 186 31 17 43
23 Kasper Halttunen HIFK (SM League) AD 6’2 ¾ 207 10 9 15
24 Matthew Wood Connecticut (NCAA) AD 6’3 ½ 193 22 8 17
25 Lukas Dragicevic Tri-City (WHL) D 6’1 192 36 9 46
26 Etienne Morin Moncton (QMJHL) D 5’11 ¾ 181 37 14 42
27 Noah Dower-Nilsson Frölunda (SWE J20) AG 6’0 174 24 23 40
28 Matthew Cataford Halifax (LHJMQ) C/AD 5’10 ¾ 188 37 21 48
29 Calum Ritchie Oshawa (OHL) C/AD 6’1 ¾ 187 36 12 31
30 Oliver Bonk London (OHL) D 6’2 174 36 8 25
31 Bradley Nadeau Penticton (BCHL) HR/AG 5’10 161 33 27 64
32 Cameron Allen Guelph (OHL) D 6’0 194 33 4 16
33 Kracyn Sawchyn Seattle (WHL) C 5’11 157 35 13 40
34 Roman Kantserov Magnitogorsk (MHL) AD 5’9 176 36 20 42
35 David Reinbacher Kloten (SUI) D 6’2 185 29 2 14
36 Quentin Musty Sudbury (OHL) C/AG 6’1 ¾ 200 32 12 48
37 Jesse Kiiskanen Pelicans (SM Liiga Jr) AD 5’10 ¾ 178 21 13 32
38 Danny Nelson USA NTDP (USHL) AG 6’3 202 32 11 26
39 Tanner Moldendyk Saskatoon (WHL) D 5’10 ¾ 184 34 4 21
40 Emil Jarventie Ilves (SM League) AG 5’9 ½ 167 21 8 19
41 To be Hameenaho Pori (SM League) AD 5’11 ½ 173 28 4 13
42 Otto Stenberg Frölunda (SWE J20) AG 5’11 ¼ 180 20 6 15
43 Jason Shaugabay Warroad High (USHS) AD 5’9 ¼ 153 11 12 37
44 Charlie Stramel Wisconsin (NCAA) C/AD 6’3 212 19 4 7
45 Brad Gardiner Ottawa (OHL) C 6’0 ½ 178 36 16 26
46 Caden Price Kelowna (WHL) D 6’0 ¼ 186 36 5 22
47 Handsome Akey Barrie (OHL) D 5’11 ½ 170 33 6 28
48 Remaining Lind Red Deer (WHL) AG 6’0 ¼ 158 33 9 30
49 Hunter Brzustewicz Kitchener (OHL) D 5’11 ¼ 188 34 3 30
50 Carson Bjarnason Brandon (WHL) G 6’3 186 28 2.92 .910
51 Daniel Butt Yaroslavl (MHL) AG 6’5 203 20 13 22
52 Michael Hrabal Omaha (USHL) G 6’6 ¼ 209 20 3.06 .903
53 Anton Wahlberg Malmo (SWE J20) C/AG 6’3 ¼ 194 25 8 18
54 Tyler Peddle Drummondville (QMJHL) AG 6’0 ½ 195 39 18 29
55 Trey Augustine USA NTDP (USHL) G 6’1 183 14 2.10 .930
56 Jordan Tourigny Shawinigan (LHJMQ) D 5’10 ½ 165 40 5 27
57 Maxim Strabak Sioux Falls (USHL) D 6’1 ½ 205 23 3 13
58 Andrew Strathman Tri-City (USHL) D 5’10 190 22 1 20
59 Theo Lindstein Brynäs (SWE J20) D 6’0 ½ 180 12 2 7
60 Noel Nordh Brynäs (SWE J20) AG 6’1 ½ 196 18 5 11
61 Coulson Pitre Flint (OHL) AD 6’0 ½ 172 33 13 30
62 Carson deerhead Kitchener (OHL) AG 6’1 ¼ 195 34 18 33
63 Connor Lewis Kamloops (WHL) C 6’1 ½ 189 36 10 31
64 Ethan Miedema Windsor (OHL) AG 6’3 ¾ 206 36 11 31

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