Edmonton | Regardless of status, it seems there are no untouchables in the Hockey Canada locker room, and Connor Bedard learned the hard way against Finland on Monday night.
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After scoring a stunning first-period goal — a major league shot that made it 3-0 to Canada — the young prodigy was benched for the final two periods and was used for just 3 minutes and 58 seconds over the final 40 minutes of play.
Third, he only made one presence in 30 seconds.
Certainly, the Canadiens’ indiscipline in the third period could explain the drop-off during Bedard’s use, which didn’t evolve on the penalty kill. Canada’s junior team spent nearly half of the engagement shorthanded, notably due to a five-minute major penalty on Will Cuill due to a knee injury.
But that doesn’t explain everything, said head coach Dave Cameron, who gave the same treatment to fellow first-line winger Brennan Othman, who was used for just 3 minutes. 8s in the last two periods.
“They should be better”
“I use the players who are playing the best and not saying they are bad, other players have raised their level of play. They should be better than 200 feet. If we want to excel as a team, we need to be able to excel in three areas. They have done well so far in the tournament and I think they will bounce back,” explained Pilot at RDS’s microphone after the meeting.
Certainly on the offensive level, we have to admit that Bedard has been delivering the goods with a harvest of four goals and three assists for seven points in four games.
“We must continue to grow…