Victor Hedman was selected second overall in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. John Tavares was selected first overall by the New York Islanders. Duchene was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche third overall. That is a bundle of talent in the first few picks. Other notable picks from the first round of the 2009 draft are; Brayden Schenn, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Evander Kane, Nazem Kadri and Ryan Ellis.
Victor Hedman finished last season with 17 goals and 46 assists for 63 points. Hedman tallied 26 points on the power play. This marks his second straight season producing over 60 points from the back-end. Victor is on the ice for an astounding 25.51 minutes per game. Victor is a monster of a human being standing 6 foot 6 inches tall and tipping the scales at 225 pounds. No reason to believe that he can’t post similar numbers for a third straight season.
Victor is easily one of the top five defenseman in the NHL. I would place him fourth on the list behind Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Drew Doughty, but ahead of PK Subban. On a side note, San Jose now has the top two defenseman in the league – geez – sounds like another article. If Hedman posts another successful season like his last two, you can argue if he is a top 3 defenseman. Is he better and does he mean more to his team than Doughty? Burns? Karlsson? I will let you be the judge of that. He did win the Norris in the 2017-18 season so at least he finally has that under his belt. Doughty and Burns have also won a Norris but Karlsson has won two.
Thirty three percent of Hedman’s even strength ice time saw him paired up with Jake Dotchin. He also saw time with Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman. The previous ,mentioned defenseman are not exactly high quality, so to produce those numbers is very good. Victor is one of those defenseman that makes everyone around him better. Jake Dotchin had his contract terminated after showing up to 2018 training camp out of shape. Was there more to it than that? Perhaps, but I don’t have an inside scoop on this one for you. The fact that he played with the inexperienced Dotchin 33% of the time and still put up 63 points is amazing. His plus minus suffered but that is a line result not an individual result.
Scouting report: Logs a ton of ice time, to have the stamina to play 25 minutes a night is incredible. Skates well enough to stay out of trouble and for a big man that is saying something. Has offensive instincts and can thread the needle with a pass. Has leadership skills that are unteachable. Can play offensively or just shut you down. Plays well with and without the puck. Victor has great awareness which is one of the reasons you see him quarterbacking the powerplay unit.
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