10 thoughts from the U18s: Bedard vs. Michkov, McTavish's playmaking, and more
The top two players in the 2023 NHL Draft battled it out on the Gold Medal Game, going back-and-forth with highlight-reel plays.
Michkov recorded the highest point per game (2.29) for a draft-minus-two player in the tournament’s history while taking home MVP honours. His 12 goals were the third-most all-time, behind only Cole Caufield and Alexander Ovechkin’s 14.
Meanwhile, Bedard scored two points per game over seven, tying Connor McDavid for the highest scoring tournament by a 15-year-old.
The statistical similarities don’t stop with basic counting stats. The 2023 duo were the two top expected goal-generating players in th
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