Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/08/09 at 10:33 AM ET
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
With the style of game he plays and fluid skating style, Hedman is Nicklas Lidstrom with size. With a big build, long reach and neutralizing ability on the rush, he is Chris Pronger without the mean streak.
“Victor Hedman brings to his game an unsurpassed combinations of size, explosiveness in his skating, quickness and offensive ability,” NHL director of central scouting E.J. Maguire said prior to the draft. “He is indeed the whole package.”
While defensemen often take a few seasons to figure the game out at the NHL level, Hedman has stepped right into a top-two role on the Lightning’s defense in the first two games….
“He just doesn’t look like a rookie, and not just the way he looks because he is big, but the way he skates, the way he thinks, the way he does things out there, he’s more like a 30-year-old than 18,” Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier said.
“In my mind, he blew right by (any expectations).”
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