The day after his spectacular goal in overtime against Slovakia in the quarter-finals of the World Junior Hockey Championship, Connor Bedard received praise from a certain Connor McDavid.
The Edmonton Oilers' number 97, who leads the Bettman circuit in goals (32) and points (72), was an attentive spectator of Bedard's prowess in Canada's 4-3 victory In addition to ending early in extra time, the 17-year-old set several World Junior records for a maple leaf player.
“His goal was magnificent and came at a crucial moment, McDavid said with a smile on his face after practice for the Alberta team. This is the kind of net that great players dream of scoring. It was really nice to see.”
In his second appearance in this competition, in 2014-15, McDavid had tied Canada with 11 points in seven games before winning gold. Bedard does not yet have a gold charm around his neck, but he has amassed 21 points in just five games.
“He is such an excellent shooter, continued the recipient of four Art-Ross trophies. He is very impressive. It's hard to explain what he's doing. It's fun to watch from the outside.
“I'm sure he's having a blast. And I'm sure he'll be ready for the big game coming up.”
Bedard and Canada will face the United States in the semifinals on Wednesday.
“He seems to know what he's doing,” McDavid said. He doesn't need my advice.”