Tim Heed
Image: Vaxjo Lakers

Tim Heed

Hometown:

Goteberg Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1991-01-27

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

5th round (132nd overall), 2010

Weight:

165 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Tim Heed spent most of the season with Sodertalje’s J20 squad.  In 32 games, Heed scored 1 goal and added 7 assists for 8 points.  he added 1 assists in 2 playoff games.  Passed over in the 2009 NHL Draft.

2009-10: Heed had a real breakout year in Sweden playing for Sodertalje’s J20 and Elite teams. Heed scored 8 goals and added 29 assists for 37 points in 32 junior games.  Heed also played at in 27 Elite games, scoring 1 goal and adding 9 assists for 10 points as a rookie with Sodertalje in the SEL.

2010-11: Heed skated in 12 games for eleventh-place Sodertalje in Sweden’s 12-team Elitserien as a 19-year-old and was -7 with 1 goal. He was also with Sodertalje during the relegation playoffs and had 4 assists with 4 PMs in 10 games. Sodertalje was relegated to Allsvenskan after finishing third while Vaxjo and MoDo secured Elitserien spots for 2011-12. Ironically, Heed played 29 games for Vaxjo in Allsvenskan during the season and was +16 with 3 goals and 20 assists. Heed signed a one-year contract with the Malmo Redhawks in June 2011.

2011-12: Heed was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for Malmo in Sweden’s AllSvenskan (second league). He scored 4 goals with 26 assists in 47 games and was minus-eight with 10 penalty minutes. The Redhawks finished seventh in the 14-team league and were second in the four-team pre-Kval playoff series. In the six game series Heed scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-four. Heed signed a three-year entry-level contract with Anaheim in May, 2012.

2012-13: Heed remained in Sweden, opening the season with Vaxjo in the Elitseiren and then playing for Vasteras in second division AllSvenskan. He was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, averaging seven minutes of ice time, in 10 games with Vaxjo before being loaned to Vasteras in October. In 33 games with Vasteras he scored 5 goals with 8 assists and was an even plus/minus with 12 penalty minutes. Vasteras finished third in Allsvenskan and was fourth in the Kval Series, missing the opportunity for elevation to the SHL. Heed played in eight Kval Series games and was -1 with 2 assists.

2013-14: Heed skated in 40 of 55 regular season games for league champion Skelleftea in his first full SHL season. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +7 with 2 penalty minutes. Skelleftea rolled through the SHL playoffs, defeating Farjestads in the finals. Heed played in two of 14 playoff games and was -1 with no points nor penalties.  

Talent Analysis

Heed, a converted forward, has established himself as an effective puck-carrier, puck-mover, and puck-handler. He is an above-average skater with solid speed. A long-range project when he was signed by the Ducks, he is starting to produce at the level of which his skill set suggested he was capable. Heed does not play an overly physical style and his positional defensive game is still a work in progress at times. His creativity and skating style may be more suited for Europe but would make him an intriguing prospect for a team in need of offense from the blueline.

Future

Heed has taken a bit more time than expected to reach his potential but is having a breakout season for Skelleftea in 2014-15. Among the league leaders in assists as the defending champions are once again first in the SHL, Heed is playing with confidence and has made the players around him better on a consistent basis. Success in Europe does not necessary translate to the AHL or NHL, and Heed faces an uphill battle in a system loaded with offensive defensemen, but his production this year has likely garnered attention from scouts.

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