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Last-minute announcement from the NHL regarding Connor Bedard and there is a big surprise

Published April 18, 2023 at 12:17
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In the final seconds, the NHL has released its final rankings ahead of the highly anticipated 2023 draft.

Unsurprisingly, Connor Bedard is the star of this list.

First, take a look at the ranking of North American skaters:

1.Connor Bedard
2.Adam Fantilli
3.William Smith
4.Matthew Wood
5.Ryan Leonard
6.Zach Benson
7.Nate Danielson
8.Oliver Moore
9.Samuel Honzek
10.Gabriel Perreault



And the ranking of international skaters:

1.Leo Carlsson
2.Matvei Michkov
3.Dailbor Dvorsky
4.Eduard Sale
5.David Reinbacher
6.Otto Stenberg
7.Axel Sandin Pellikka
8.Lenni Hameenaho
9.Danil But
10.Mikhail Gulyayev

The big surprise is really at the level of the first ranking, that of North American players.

The majority of experts consider that there is a clear-cut top six for the next selection session.

It consists of Bedard, Fantilli, Carlsson, Michkov, Smith, and Benson.

However, according to the NHL's official scouting bureau, Zach Benson is strangely behind Wood and Leonard, and possibly Dvorsky and Sale.

It would be a big surprise if he slips like this, probably due to his 5-foot-10-inch height, and it would be reminiscent of what happened with Trevor Zegras in 2019.

It could be quite a steal if Benson falls out of the top eight. A story to keep an eye on.



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April 18   |   952 answers
Last-minute announcement from the NHL regarding Connor Bedard and there is a big surprise

Which player would be your pick after Bedard?

Carlsson9710.2 %
Michkov17818.7 %
Fantilli62665.8 %
Smith or Benson515.4 %
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