Victor Hedman
Victor Hedman
27-Year-Old DefensemanD
Tampa Bay Lightning
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Hedman is the reigning Norris Trophy winner. He scored 17 goals and 63 points last season, leading the Bolts to within one win of the Stanley Cup Final. Hedman's skills are sublime. He has everything -- size, smarts, skill and skating. He defends better than he scores and is an absolute beast. In the thick of his prime at 27 years old, the Swede will be a dominant offensive defender and a top-rated fantasy pick for at least the next five years. Make Hedman the anchor to your blue line and he'll deliver it all. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year rookie contract worth $900,000 per year, with performance incentives that could bring the cap hit up to $3.75 million per season.
Ready to repeat last year's excellence
DTampa Bay Lightning
October 11, 2018
Hedman is skating with Dan Girardi on the Lightning's top pairing and running the team's top power-play unit.
ANALYSIS
The Norris he won last season is polished and ready to stay in his possession this season. The team has just one game under its belt so far and he has no points. But Hedman is poised for another dominant season. He's a lock-and-forget player in every format. The only reason he would ever sit is if his team wasn't on the ice.
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Victor Hedman 2018–19 NHL Game Log
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2018–19 Depth Chart Status
#1 Left Defenseman
TAM LD PP Depth Chart
2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:34
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    4:37
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:33
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
24:31
3:01
2:03
2017–18
25:51
3:24
2:35
2018–19
22:34
4:37
2:33
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hedman absolutely exploded in 2016-17. He dominated offensively, picking up 72 points -- that's 17 more than his career best. He clicked with Nikita Kucherov on the power play and ended up leading all NHL blueliners in power-play production (33 points). Hedman is the complete package -- skating, scoring, defense and leadership. Those 72 points were second best from the blue line in 2016-17 and good enough for a tie for 14th overall in the NHL. Hedman's Norris Trophy nomination was well-deserved and shouldn't be his last.
Hedman is always in the right place at the right time, regardless of the zone, and he always makes the right play. Calm, cool and collected – that's Hedman to a T. He led the Bolts in helpers (37) in 2015-16 and delivered a 47-point season. And he led the team with a plus-21 rating. Hedman also delivered four goals and 14 points in 17 postseason games, and that was good enough for third place among all NHL defenders in the playoffs. The latter is a truly remarkable total considering his job against the Isles was to shut them down (and he did). John Tavares got no points in the series' last four games. Wow. The Bolts have locked up the 25-year-old Hedman for eight more years and $63 million, and that $7.875 million annual cap hit is already looking like a bargain to the team. A special note to those of you in salary cap leagues. Hedman's contract kicks in for 2017-18, so he'll toil this coming year at a measly $4.25 million. That's a huge value play come draft day, depending on your league set up.
Hedman is a beast – there’s no other way to describe him. He's got that rare combination of size, speed and smarts, and he would have been in the Conn Smythe discussion if the Bolts had taken the Cup this past spring. He was brilliant, both offensively and defensively, in the postseason. Only injury – and maybe a lack of power-play time – prevented him from being in the Norris discussion last season, too. Hedman is Chris Pronger without the snarl, so he’s not about to deliver many PIM for your squad. But he should be one of the first defenders off the board at your keeper draft, behind perhaps only Erik Karlsson, Kevin Shattenkirk and a healthy Kris Letang … especially if he gets an increase in power-play time. Yes, he really is that good. Single-year owners should target him as a top-eight defender.
Hedman came of age last season, much to the surprise of most hockey pundits -- including us. Hedman proved that can actually think the game like a stud defender and promptly delivered career numbers in goals (13), assists (42), points (55), shots on goal (170) and power-play points (14). Those 55 points put him fourth on the list of scorers from the blue line, but his power-play production didn't even crack the league's top-20 defenders. We'd like to see him deliver more with the man-advantage, but that part of his game should start to grow with a healthy Steven Stamkos in the lineup. He'll also deliver you bonus shorthanded points -- he led the NHL last season with six helpers while a man down. While it doesn't look likely that he'll ever win a Norris, he will be a great fantasy performer for the next decade. Draft accordingly.
Is the gentle giant making progress? Well, let's just say, "maybe." Hedman's 20 points in 44 games in 2012-13 would have translated into 37 points over a full season. And that would have been a career best. But there's reason to believe he won't be the 50-plus point, number one defender we thought he'd be when the Bolts drafted him. Yes, he'll block shots and lay hits, but there seems to be concerns that Hedman just doesn't think the game well. And that will be an impediment to growing his offensive game. Still, he will likely deliver 40 points, 120 hits and 150 blocked shots in 2013-14, so draft him accordingly. Just don't expect much by way of special teams production -- that part of his game just hasn't developed thus far.
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.
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Gets two points in blowout win
DTampa Bay Lightning
September 27, 2018
Hedman registered a goal and an assist in the Lightning's 6-2 preseason win over Florida on Thursday.
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Takes home Norris Trophy
DTampa Bay Lightning
June 20, 2018
Hedman picked up the James Norris Trophy, awarded to the top all-around defenseman, on Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
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Comes up big in Game 3 win
DTampa Bay Lightning
May 15, 2018
Hedman scored a goal and added two assists in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Capitals in Game 3.
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Snags helper Sunday
DTampa Bay Lightning
May 14, 2018
Hedman garnered an assist versus Washington during Sunday's Game 2 loss.
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Garners assist against Boston
DTampa Bay Lightning
May 7, 2018
Hedman snagged a helper versus the Bruins in Sunday's Game 5 matchup.
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