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Victor Hedman | Defenseman

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 233
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Victor Hedman and Duncan Keith are considered the favorites to win the Conn Smythe.
Tyler Johnson has cooled off, and barring a big run from the other big names in the final three games, a defenseman could win the honor for the first time since 2007. Keith and Hedman are both logging the most minutes for their respective teams, and they are 1-2 in plus-minus. In the playoffs, Keith has 20 points with 18 assists, while Hedman has 14 points, 13 of which are helpers. Both also have been exceptional possession players. "In a lot of ways, yeah, (Hedman) is a guy like Duncan," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "He makes, more times than not, the players he's out there with better. He's a catalyst when he's in his own zone or the offensive zone." Jun 13 - 2:15 PM

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Victor Hedman has played over 26 minutes in the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final.

He surpassed 27 minutes in Game 4, while posting three shots on goal. Hedman has played over 26 minutes five times in the playoffs after that mark was reached just four times during the regular season. The 24-year-old defender has been the total package in the postseason. He has displayed excellent poise with the puck, while jumping into the rush and playing stingy defense.
Jun 11 - 11:33 AM

Victor Hedman is a legitimate contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy, as the MVP of the playoffs.

He has been superb at both ends of the ice throughout the playoffs. Hedman has faced the top stars of the opposition, while averaging a team-leading 23:46 of ice time per game. He is behind only Chicago's Duncan Keith (626:48) in total ice time in the playoffs at 546:44. Hedman is second in the postseason with a plus-12 rating and he has collected 14 points in 23 games. Additionally, he has contributed 31 hits, 44 blocks and 58 shots.
Jun 10 - 10:37 AM

Victor Hedman assisted on two goals, including the winner in Tampa Bay's 3-2 win over Chicago in Game 3 of the Cup Final.

While Duncan Keith has been getting most of the press in these finals, Hedman has been just as good on the opposing blue line. Hedman has multiple assists in two straight games now and 14 points in 23 postseason games. The smooth Swede also logged a team high 26:06 on the ice in the crucial win.
Jun 8 - 11:32 PM

Victor Hedman has taken his game to a new level this post-season registering 10 points (second in the NHL) and a plus nine rating (tied for first in the NHL).

He has been extremely impressive for the Bolts in the playoffs and has earned praise from Tampa's coaching staff as well as from opposing teams. "You watch him sometimes and it's like he's been shot out of a cannon," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Hedman. "We'll have an even-man rush and all of a sudden it's an odd-man rush because here comes Victor. But the thing that makes you proud about the way he's playing is he's playing defense and he's playing it fast and he's closing fast (in his own end) and being physical." Hedman has arrived. He clearly is a top-tier rearguard and should be high on all draft lists next season.
May 23 - 11:11 AM

Victor Hedman now has a three-game point streak thanks to his pair of assists in Wednesday's 6-5 overtime victory in Game 3 over the Rangers.

Hedman was a force to be reckoned with, registering four shots along with three hits and blocks during his game high 28:26 of work. He also now has four points, all assists, during his current three-game point streak. Hedman leads all Tampa blue liners with nine assists and 10 points through 16 postseason games as well.
May 21 - 1:30 AM

Victor Hedman made a great pass that led to Alex Killorn scoring a goal early in the third period of Game 2 on Monday.

Tampa Bay went on to earn a 6-2 victory against the New York Rangers to even the series at 1-1. In addition to setting up Killorn's goal, Hedman logged a team-high 23:05 minutes of ice time. Although he doesn't always get as much attention as Tampa Bay's top forwards, Hedman's been a big part of Tampa Bay's success this season and the Lightning need him as they fight for a berth to the Stanley Cup Final.
May 19 - 10:28 AM

Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win against Montreal on Sunday.

Hedman now has a goal and five points in nine playoff contests. That's good enough to put him in a tie for fifth place in the defensemen scoring race.
May 4 - 10:44 AM

Victor Hedman will return to Tampa Bay's lineup for Thursday's game against New Jersey.

Hedman is skating on the Lightning's first pairing with Luke Witkowski. He's missed Tampa Bay's last three games because of a lower body injury.
Apr 9 - 7:41 PM

Victor Hedman (lower body) is expected to rejoin the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

Hedman missed three straight games due to the ailment. He has 10 goals and 37 points in 57 games in 2014-15. In a related move, Tampa Bay has returned Slater Koekkoek to the minors.
Apr 8 - 3:20 PM

Victor Hedman (lower body) wasn't wearing a no-contact jersey during Tuesday's practice.

He intends to skate again on Wednesday and hopes to play in Thursday's home contest against New Jersey. Hedman is eager to get back into the lineup after missing three games with a lower-body injury.
Apr 7 - 1:30 PM

Victor Hedman skated (along with Jason Garrison), making big-time progress for the Tampa Bay Lightning defensemen.

That said, neither player is expected back this weekend. In Hedman's case, this upcoming week is a possibility, but by no means a guarantee. It makes sense that the Bolts are being careful with him before the playoffs, though one would guess that the big blueliner would like to shake off some rust before the "real" games begin.
Apr 4 - 12:51 PM

Victor Hedman, Jason Garrison, Tyler Johnson and Andrej Sustr aren't in Tampa Bay's lineup against Ottawa on Thursday.

All four players are dealing with different injuries. Obviously, Johnson and Hedman are the bigger names of the bunch but each of these players plays an important role for the Lightning.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 2 - 7:42 PM

Coach Cooper has gone on record that Victor Hedman will return to the Lightning before the playoffs start.

Meaning, he could return as early as Saturday versus Toronto. Hedman has amassed 10 goals, 37 points, 40 PIMs, 48 hits, and 106 blocks over 57 games this season.
Mar 31 - 8:03 PM

Victor Hedman (lower body) won't be available for Tuesday's game against Toronto.

He was injured on Monday night and has a chance to play this week during Tampa Bay's road trip. Hedman is listed as day-to-day.
Mar 31 - 6:27 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Cedric Paquette
4Jonathan Marchessault
5Jeff Tambellini
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Jonathan Drouin
4J.T. Brown
5Erik Condra
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Anton Stralman
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy