Chicago Blackhawks star rookie forward Connor Bedard takes a slap shot
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MAJOR: Bedard Set To Return Sooner Than Expected

Published January 19, 2024 at 11:36


Chicago Blackhawks' rookie Conor Bedard suffered an injury from a hit by New Jersey Devils defenseman Brendan Smith a few weeks ago, leading to surgery. Despite the Blackhawks' medical staff initially estimating a six to eight-week recovery period post-surgery, Bedard made a surprisingly quick return to the ice, fully geared up, last week.

Chicago's Connor Bedard (with full face shield) getting in some work after team's practice. #Isles up next at Chicago's practice rink. A bunch of Isles were on the bench watching Bedard skate.

Connor Bedard Could Play As Soon As February

In recent developments, insider Charlie Roumeliotis has revealed significant news about Bedard's return date. Contrary to earlier predictions, Roumeliotis claims Bedard is set to return earlier than expected, targeting a game against the Vancouver Canucks on February 13th. This date falls just over five weeks post-surgery, suggesting Bedard's recovery is ahead of schedule. The choice of this game is noteworthy, not only because it offers a three-day rest period between games but also due to Bedard's personal connection with the team, as he grew up as a Canucks fan.

My prediction for Connor Bedard's potential return is probably aggressive but I'm not betting against him returning ahead of schedule. #Blackhawks

Fans Are Eager For The Star Rookie's Return

This update has sparked excitement among fans, who are keen to see Bedard's performance upon his return. His swift recovery and potential early comeback could significantly boost his prospects for the Calder Trophy, an award for the NHL's top rookie. The anticipation surrounding Bedard's return highlights his impact and importance to both the Blackhawks and his supporters.

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MAJOR: Bedard Set To Return Sooner Than Expected

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