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What Stick does Connor Bedard Use? (Ask his Agent)

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If you've been watching Connor Bedard throughout his young career both in the CHL and for Team Canada, you probably knew that he consistently used Bauer hockey sticks.

But following the 2023 NHL Draft, it's confirmed that he signed a sponsorship deal with Sherwood. He's even been spotted carrying around the unreleased Sherwood Rekker Legend Pro.

While we wait for the official Sherwood stick release date, let's take a look at which twigs have been Bedard's go-to, so far.

I break down the features and stick score for each model further below.

Bauer AG5NT

Bauer

AG5NT

His go-to stick is made with unique Boron Fiber Technology. It's also the lightest stick on the market weighing in at 335g.

bauer vapor hyperlite

Bauer Vapor

Hyperlite 2

The successor to the Hyperlite, now weighing only 360g. Bedard was a big fan of this model in his junior years.

bauer nexus

Bauer Nexus

Sync

Earlier in his career, Bedard was spotted using the Sync which is ultra light (365g) and allows for a fast and dynamic shot release.

Connor Bedard is regarded as the next phenom to begin his journey in the NHL. He's already being compared to Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby - which are mighty shoes to fill.

But with the talent he has, I expect Bedard not to disappoint.

For those that have watched him play so far are aware of his tremendous speed, agility and nasty shot.

While all these talents can be attributed to his raw skills and repeated practice, there's no doubt that his choice in equipment helps.

One particular piece that cannot be overlooked is his preference in hockey stick.

Hockey sticks have gone through revolutionary phase the last 20 or so years.

We originally went from wooden sticks, to two-piece aluminum shafts to the composites of today.

Furthermore, the sticks have gotten lighter without the compromise on durability.

The early days was a speed to who can develop the most weightless stick. But along the way, certain features were added to give a natural feel and improve the player's ability to shoot.

I am specifically talking here about features such as stick flex, kick point, blade curve and lie.

But two brands who have been there from get-go were CCM and Bauer. 

These two companies in particular have endured the equipment war, especially for sticks between brands.

For his choice in battle, Bedard has been faithful to the Bauer brand.

What Stick does Connor Bedard Use?

Connor Bedard was using the on Bauer AG5NT stick during the 2022-23 WHL season. The stick is made of Boron Fiber Technology which makes the shaft extremely lightweight and durable. This model was Bauer's first attempt at incorporating Boron material used mainly in high tech industries such as fighter jets, satellite drones and race cars. 

The Bauer AG5NT is the lightest stick in the market today weighing in at 335g. For comparison, the next lightest model available is the TRUE HZRDUS PX (US | CAN) at 345g.

Note that Bedard has expressed that he likes using a 65 Flex and P92 curve on his blade. The 65 flex is particularly whippy, and may be most suitable for him due to his current size.

He comes in at slightly under 5'10 and 185 lbs. 

That said, let's break down the details of the Bauer AG5NT (pronounced "Agent") and other sticks Bedard has known to use as well.

1. Bauer AG5NT (US | CAN)

Used also by Patrick Kane & Jonathan Marchessault

Bauer AG5NT

Pronounced "Bauer Agent", released in 2022

bauer ag5nt
bauer ag5nt phone
85%
Stick Score

Weight

335g

Material

Boron, DuraFlex Resin, Carbon Fiber

Flex (Available In)

70, 77, 87

Blade Curve (Suggested)

P92 or P28

List Price

$359.99 USD

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Key Features:

  • Lightweight
  • Incredible balance point design
  • Quick Release

What I Like/Dislike About the Bauer AG5NT:

Like:

  • Lightest stick on the market today
  • Fast, dynamic release
  • Great stability on shot

Dislike:

  • First attempt at using Boron Fiber technology
  • Shaft is the sensitive point

Stick Rating Breakdown:

100%

Lightness

75%

Durability

90%

Feel

75%

Top Scorer's Choice

Junior & Intermediate Options:

If you're searching for the same model stick but for kids or teenagers, check out the selection below. 

Bauer AG5NT
JUNIOR

List (USD)

$269.99

Bauer AG5NT
INTERMEDIATE

List (USD)

$329.99

Low-Cost Equivalent Option (Senior):

The Bauer AG5NT is a limited edition model with a low kick point. The stick with the best matching specs comes from the Bauer Vapor collection.

Bauer Vapor 3X Grip
SENIOR

List ($159.99 USD)

$119.99

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As mentioned above, Connor Bedard has used other Bauer model sticks. Prior to the Bauer AG5NT, he was using the other popular low kick point model, the Bauer Vapor Hyperlite (US | CAN).

The main difference between the two models are in the technology and weight. But note that the Hyperlite comes in at a respectable 385g in weight.

As for the other alternate, Bedard used the Bauer Nexus Sync (US | CAN).

If you elect to go with any of the choices, you'll need to better understand stick flex, kick point and blade curve.

Let's take a deeper look...

Stick Flex, Kick Point and Blade Curves Explained

Bedard's choice  described his choice in stick based on feel, his main reasons are likely is based on quick release and shot power. 

His preferred shot type is either wrist shots or snapshots. Matthews has pointed out that he rarely uses a slap shot for shot selection.

In fact, 67% of all NHL goals are scored both off wrist shots and snapshots combined. For a summary of how most NHL goals are scored, check out my blog post here.

To achieve both quick release and power on the shot, the main contribution from the stick comes from the stick flex and the kick point. 

Stick Flex

Generally, the ideal stick flex is related to each player's weight.

The most basic way to determine your stick flex is to take your weight in pounds (lbs) and divide by two

The resulting score will land on the exact stick flex required or between two available options. The lower the stick flex value, the more flexible your stick is.

Keep in mind that cutting your stick will increase the stick flex value, regardless of what is described on the stick.

Kick Point

The kickpoint is the area of the stick that absorbs the energy transfer on puck release. 

The lower the kickpoint, the more pop one gets off wrist shots and snapshots.

Meanwhile, the mid kickpoints experience less pop, but generate extra power off the slap shot.

Blade Curve

As for the blade curve, you’ll be looking at either the toe or mid curve options. 

That’s because the farther away the blade curve is from the shaft, the easier it is to lift the puck on the follow-through.

Furthermore, it allows for better stick handling and seamless passing.

While the CCM Ribcor is my choice, any model detailed above would be just as good a choice.

Once you determine the features that best suit your game type, you can always test out a similar brand or model for comparison.

For each stick in my list, I recommend my preferred blade curve.

But you can refer to the full list from the following link. It includes cross brand comparisons as well.

2. Bauer Vapor Hyperlite 2 (US | CAN)

Used also by Nikita Kucherov & Artemi Panarin

Bauer Vapor Hyp2rlite

NEW Release (July 2023)

bauer vapor hyperlite 2 hz
bauer vapor hyperlite 2 iphone
89%
Stick Score

Weight

360g

Material

ACL 2.0 Technology

Flex (Available In)

70, 77, 87

Blade Curve (Suggested)

P28, P92

Kick Point

Low

List Price

$339.99 USD

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Key Features:

  • 25 grams weight reduction
  • Lightweight durable shaft
  • Stiff blade technology for quicker, rocket-like release

What I Like/Dislike About the Bauer Vapor Hyperlite 2:

Like:

  • Quick release and excellent shot speed
  • More durable than predecessor
  • Available in 65 Flex Senior
  • Customizable and Quick Turn options for personal touches on your stick

Dislike:

  • Slight hollowness in shaft

Stick Rating Breakdown:

90%

Lightness

85%

Durability

95%

Feel

85%

Top Scorer's Choice

Junior & Intermediate Options:

If you're searching for the same model stick but for kids or teenagers, check out the selection below. 

Bauer Vapor Hyperlite 2
JUNIOR

List (USD)

$239.99

Bauer Vapor Hyperlite 2
INTERMEDIATE

List (USD)

$309.99

Low-Cost Equivalent Option (Senior):

For a less expensive model from the same series, try the:

Bauer Vapor X5 Pro
SENIOR

Weight: 390g

List (USD)

$219.99

Bauer Vapor X4
SENIOR

Weight: 425g

List (USD)

$169.99

3. Bauer Nexus Sync (US | CAN)

Used also by Mikko Rantanen & David Pastrnak

Bauer Nexus Sync

Released in 2022

bauer nexus sync phone
88%
Stick Score

Weight

365g

Material

ACL 2.0

Flex (Available In)

70, 77, 87

Blade Curve (Suggested)

P92 or P28

List Price

$339.99 USD

Promotion

None Currently

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Key Features:

  • Fast, dynamic release
  • Better shaft contour to the natural shape of your hand
  • Added 2 inches to the length of stick

What I Like/Dislike About the Bauer Nexus Sync:

Like:

  • Enhanced feel on shot release
  • Lightest model of the top used NHL sticks
  • Great for stickhandling
  • Longer stick design for taller players

Dislike:

  • Shaft and hosel are the main sensitive points

Stick Rating Breakdown:

85%

Lightness

80%

Durability

95%

Feel

90%

Top Scorer's Choice

Junior & Intermediate Options:

If you're searching for the same model stick but for kids or teenagers, check out the selection below. 

Bauer Nexus Sync
JUNIOR

List (USD)

$239.99

Bauer Nexus Sync
INTERMEDIATE

List (USD)

$309.99

Low-Cost Equivalent Option (Senior):

For a less expensive model from the same series, try the:

Bauer Nexus E3 Grip
SENIOR

List (USD)

$139.99

Final Thoughts

When I was growing up, the cool thing was to practice my slapshot.

Little did I know that it played a minimal role in scoring, especially for forwards.

And that was back then.

Today’s game is all about speed. Not just in skating, but in shot release.  

The fastest ways to shoot the puck is by wrist shots, snapshots and one-timers. Again, you can refer to my blog post here about How Most NHL Goals are Scored

The NHL stats show that wrist shots and snapshots make up the bulk of the goals.

The style of game Connor Bedard plays is no different than the other elites in the league. He's a dangerous shooter and will rely on that wrist and snap shots to accumulate points in his career.

It is up to you to mimic his tactics. 

And what better way than to do so by working with the same weapon (stick) of choice.

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