Victor Hedman

Victor Hedman


Örnsköldsvik Sweden

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1st round (2nd overall), 2009 by TB


220 lbs.

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Played two full years in the SEL for Modo.

Talent Analysis

Hedman is a defenseman out of the ordinary. The tall and strong defenseman has a unique combination of size and speed. He accelerates very well and at full speed there are few, if any, defenseman of such stature that can match Hedman. Furthermore, he has very good hockey sense which contributes to him usually being at the right place at the right moment.

Hedman’s puck skills are above average and he is very good at moving the puck into the offensive end in high speed. He is also quite shifty and creative and can stickhandle through heavy traffic. Offensively, he has a good shot, including a heavy slapper that he could, however, use more frequently. His passing game is also of high caliber.

As for his defensive game, he does not really play very physical. He is an aggressive player with an edge to his game, but likes to solve tricky situations with his hockey sense and stick work, rather than playing the body. His reach is impressive and provides him with a natural advantage over his opponents. What really characterizes Hedman as a player, beside the obvious combination of size, skill and speed, is his attitude, winner’s instinct and the urge to be the best at what he does.

No. 1 defenseman.

Victor Hedman headlines Tampa Bay Lightning 2009 NHL Draft class

by Chris Roberts

Victor Hedman - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman was the second overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Hedman currently has 10 goals and 22 assists through 46 2013-14 games with the Lightning. (courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon SMI)

The 2008-09 season was a frustrating one for the Tampa Bay Lightning. They finished with a league-worst 24 wins and managed only 66 total points. The team was particularly weak in their own end, as they allowed an average of 32 shots per game and finished the season with a 3.28 goals against average.

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