What were you doing at 13? Probably not getting courted by the best hockey agents in the world, but that’s the reality today for many elite teenagers. It seems bizarre to be chasing talent that hasn’t yet hit high school, but the reality is securing representation for a prospect has to happen before the competition gets there first. But what’s it like for the kids themselves? “It’s pretty cool,” said Connor Bedard. “All of them offer great aspects, and it’s cool getting to know them.”
Bedard is a lethal center from Vancouver whose puck-protection skills set him apart from the pack. He played two age groups up last season and could get “exceptional status” to play in the WHL a year early. Oh, and he’s about to enter Grade 8. Yes, Bedard is 13, but he and his family have already talked to r...
About the Author
Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.