Connor Bedard outshined on Saturday night despite hat trick.  

Connor Bedard outshined on Saturday night despite hat trick.

Connor Bedard had an outstanding debut, but one NHL rookie shined even brighter.

Jonathan Larivee

If Saturday night's prospects games in the National Hockey League were any indication, we may be in store for a very special season ahead.

Much of the talk was focused on Chicago Blackhawks first round pick Connor Bedard who had an outstanding night against the St. Louis Blues, recording a hat trick in what will go down as his first unofficial game as a Blackhawk, but in spite of his outstanding performance he found himself outshined by another rookie sensation.

That's because the third overall pick in the very same draft, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Adam Fantilli, recorded a hat trick of his own on his way to a 5 point night in his unofficial debut with the Blue Jackets. 

Fantilli's first unofficial goal came on the powerplay when his team was down 3-0, a goal that would kick off a rally from the Blue Jackets.

The Jackets would score 7 goals in the second period, including Fantilli's second goal of the night.

Fantilli would seal the deal with a goal in garbage time, putting away an empty netter to secure a hat trick of his own.

Fantilli would add an additional two assists during what was a 10 goal performance from the Blue Jackets, giving him one more point (5) than Bedard who had 4 points on the night.

Although they will both have to face tougher competition once the NHL season officially gets underway, I can only hope that these two young stars will continue to battle one another on the scoreboard this season.