Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | September 27, 2011

Man of the Day 9/27: Victor Hedman

Victor Erik Olof Hedman

Born December 18, 1990 (age 20) in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning

We’ve been hearing a lot about Hedman in Lightning preseason games these days. Victor is the youngest of three Hedman brothers, all of whom play hockey–Oscar plays in the Swedish Elitserien, Johan does not play professionally but still plays. Hedman started out in the junior leagues over in Sweden, playing with a junior-level Modo team before going pro and joining Modo’s Elitserien team at the ripe old age of 16. His Swedish performance was good enough to warrant a #1 ranking among all draft-eligible skaters, worldwide, in International Scouting Service’s list for 2008-09. 2008-09 also saw his nomination as Elitserien Rookie of the Year. He also did very well in the 2009 World Juniors and the NHL took note, topping Central Scouting’s list of European skaters. Interestingly, he was drafted 83rd overall by the Spartak Moscow KHL team in 2009 even though it was highly unlikely he’d play there. That didn’t stop Tampa Bay from nabbing him second overall in ’09, however!

This photo lets you get a better look at his nice hair. He looks a bit like a Swedish Jim Halpert from The Office here...

 Hedman debuted in the bigs for the 2009-10 season. Interestingly, he scored his first goal against a man who would eventually become his teammate: Dwayne Roloson (while he was still with the Islanders). He’s also represented Tre Kronor in various international tourneys: 2007 Ivan Hlinka (gold), 2007 U18s (bronze), 2008 and 2009 World Juniors (silver for both), 2010 Worlds (bronze). This season he performed particularly well, especially in terms of notching assists, and he got a career-high points total. He played 79 regular-season games, had 3 goals but 23 assists and 70 penalty minutes. Tampa Bay’s playoff run saw him appear in 18 games, score no goals but get 6 assists and spend 8 penalty minutes. His performance is indicative of the Lightning’s strength and makes him one to watch in future.

It should be quite fun to watch him, too.

 -Emma


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