For the third time this season, Connor Bedard has been named the NHL's Rookie of the Month, taking home the March title with 17 points (4G, 13A) in 14 games.

Bedard, who was also name the league's top rookie in November and December, is the first player to be recognized as Rookie of the Month three times in a debut season since Connor McDavid did so in the 2015-16 campaign (October, February and March).

Connor Bedard scores from the slot on a 5-on-3 advantage

The rookie forward rebounded from a 14-game absence during January and early February with his highest-producing single month this season, and posted a new single-month high with 13 assists (.77 per game) in his first full month back. He also averaged more than a point-per-game for the first time (1.21) after hitting exactly a point-per-game in three of his previous four months of play (November, December and February).

Bedard was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for games played March 11-17, tying the league lead in points (7) and assists (5) during the stretch in three games played. He logged a career-best five points in a single game (1G, 4A) during a 7-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on March 12. His goal during the contest was his 20th of the season, joining Eddie Olczyk (20 in 1984-85) as just the second 18-year-old to score 20 in a campaign for the Blackhawks. His five-point game was just the fifth by an 18-year-old in NHL history, matching Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (0-5—5 on Nov. 19, 2011), Ilya Kovalchuk (1-4—5 on Jan. 19, 2002), Dale Hawerchuk (3-2—5 on March 13, 1982) and Jack Hamilton (4-1—5 on Dec. 4, 1943).

Overall this season, Bedard leads all NHL rookies in goals (21), assists (36) and points (57), a full 16 points more than the next closest player (Luke Hughes, 41 points). He has logged 14 points (4G, 10A) over his last 10 games and enters Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders having registered 24 points (6G, 19A) over his last 21 games since returning from injury on Feb. 15. 

Bedard Scoring by Month:

  • October: 7 points (2G, 5A) in 9 games
  • November: 12 points (6G, 6A) in 12 games
  • December: 15 points (5G, 10A) in 15 games
  • January: 0 points in 3 games
  • February: 7 points (2G, 5A) in 7 games
  • March: 17 points (4G, 13A) in 14 games