22-Year-Old Defenseman – Tampa Bay Lightning
Victor Hedman Contract Information:
In November of 2011, Hedman signed a five-year extension with the Lightning through 2016-17.
Hedman (lower body) is out for Tuesday's game against the Capitals, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
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|2013-14 Proj||22||TB||78||Subscribe now to see our 2013-14 projections for Victor Hedman|
Age is determined on October 1st of each season.
|Dec 7||WPG||Did Not Play|
|Dec 3||at CLS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||1||26:33||2:15|
|Nov 22||at ANH||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||1||0||25:36||6:54|
|Nov 21||at SJ||0||0||0||-2||2||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||1||20:30||2:00|
|Nov 19||at LA||1||1||2||-2||0||0||1||0||3||33.3||0||0||22:02||3:23|
|Nov 16||at PHO||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||2||0||23:10||2:07|
|Nov 12||at MON||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0.0||1||2||25:03||5:06|
|Nov 11||at BOS||0||0||0||-1||2||0||0||0||1||0.0||2||0||20:40||0:36|
|Nov 9||at DET||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||1||24:10||0:12|
|Nov 1||at CAR||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||100.0||1||3||20:06||0:01|
|Oct 29||at NJ||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||1||22:00||0:01|
|Oct 27||at FLA||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||1||24:48||0:08|
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|Oct 8||at BUF||0||1||1||1||5||0||0||0||2||0.0||1||1||20:50||0:01|
|Oct 5||at CHI||0||0||0||-1||2||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||0||23:22||0:00|
|Oct 3||at BOS||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||0||0||18:57||0:01|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hedman is a talent. But he spent most of last season being schooled by opposing players. Those lessons started to sink in toward the end of the year and he had 10 points and an even rating in his last 13 games. That's impressive considering he finished with 23 points and a minus-9 rating on the season. He's still a bit of a gentle giant, but skating with the newly arrived Matt Carle should help take him to the next level. Are 40 points possible? He should come close, courtesy of first-unit power-play time. He'll hit 50 points in two years time.
You know the theme music from 'Jaws?' You know, the one that foreshadows an impending sense of doom? Well that's not exactly what opposing forwards hear when Hedman comes their way. He's less of a shark-like predator and more of an octopus-like smotherer. But this season, he'll finally emerge as a dominant, top-pairing, 40-point, 90-PIM defender. He's never going to be a devastating hitter but he will be a formidable shut-down specialist who can elegantly transition into attack mode with a single step and pass. And in a couple of years, his point totals will spike into the mid-50s. Keeper leaguers rejoice.
Hedman is a future star who will definitely improve on a rather weak rookie season. There were times when he appeared lost on the ice last season but there were others when he seemed like a poised 10-year vet. It's easy to forget the 6-foot-6, 220-pound behemoth is just 19 so we shouldn't expect the world. But 35 points -- or maybe 40 -- on a vastly improved Bolts squad are within reach. And of course, keeper-leaguers should be moving him to near the top of their defense lists. Those Lidstrom comps may come true some day.
It’s boom or bust this season for the best all-round prospect from the 2009 NHL Draft class. He draws comparisons to Chris Pronger but he lacks the toughness to be a true parallel. He skates like a man six inches shorter and will someday come closer to the sublime Niklas Lidstrom than the Philly bully. But this year he’s either going to deliver a stellar 35 points or a struggling 20. He’s a keeper-league must but a single-year risk.