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Statistic Revealed Regarding Connor Bedard and It's Drawing Major Concern

Published November 7, 2023 at 8:19 PM

Connor Bedard is one of the players with some of the longest shifts on the Chicago Blackhawks.

He averages 60 seconds of ice time a shift, which includes everything up to and including power plays. Aside from Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello of the Minnesota Wild, he has the third-longest shift length in the NHL.

Connor Bedard's average shift length this season is 60 seconds — longest on the Blackhawks and third-longest among all NHL forwards.

But is that statistical noise? If not, is it even a bad thing? New story examining the topic:

Additionally, Taylor Hall, Philipp Kurashev, and Ryan Donato are in the top 25 of shift lengths leaguewide.

Several of Bedard's shifts are long because he stays out longer on the power-play than he should, sometimes out when PP2 is active.

Do long Bedard shifts have a negative impact? Currently, it's not much of a factor for someone like Bedard, who is the best player on the Blackhawks.

In the long run, head coach Luke Richardson quips that what matters the most during a longer shift is the decision Bedard makes. When he commits a turnover during a 40-second shift, that's a problem, otherwise, he's been solid.

Bedard is on track for a 37-goal season due to his analytical prowess during his rookie season. Early in his rookie season, he could surpass Patrick Kane in goals scored, while matching Jonathan Toews's.

For now, Bedard is a shoe-in for the Calder Trophy, as FanDuel has him at -145. Considering the Hawks are rebuilding, they should be measured by the rookies' success this season, not by their standings record.
November 7   |   76 answers
Statistic Revealed Regarding Connor Bedard and It's Drawing Major Concern

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