The Next Big NHL Rivalry: Bedard and Fantilli?

Published September 21, 2023 at 10:48

As far as Connor Bedard knows, he has already found his first major rival in the Metropolitan Division of the National Hockey League.

During the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, Adam Fantilli was selected 3rd overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets, and he had an excellent weekend, posting 5 points on Saturday alone.

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There could be plenty of young stars in the running for Rookie of the Year in 2023-24!

There is no doubt that this is an already crowded Calder Trophy race this season, with both of these two candidates in the mix.

When it comes to choosing who will win the Calder Trophy, Stu Grimson believes it will come down to Bedard and Fantilli.

In light of the proximity of how they were selected, it already belies the fact that they could end up as major rivals in the NHL, and we're all for it.

In addition to development camp, Bedard, who has accumulated 143 points in his WHL career, has not stopped playing hockey over the summer.

Described as a puck-dominant center from the NCCA, Fantilli is described as being skilled enough to cut through defenders with quickness and cunningness.

Despite the fact that there is no guarantee, we would like to see more 2023 rookies go head-to-head against one another.

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The Next Big NHL Rivalry: Bedard and Fantilli?

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