Hedman picked up the James Norris Trophy, awarded to the top all-around defenseman, on Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Hedman's 2017-18 certainly demonstrated his value along the blue line, totaling 63 points -- 17 goals and 46 assists -- falling single-digit points short of his career-best 72-point mark from a season ago. However, Hedman's biggest statistical improvement came in the rating department. The 27-year-old blueliner posted a career-best plus-32 rating this season to take home the hardware, and he should be in line to compete with his output again next season as part of a potent Tampa Bay club.
Hedman scored a goal and added two assists in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Capitals in Game 3. Both helpers came on the power play, while the goal was Hedman's first of the playoffs. The Norris Trophy finalist has now picked up a point in eight straight games after being held off the scoresheet entirely for Tampa's first five postseason contests.
Hedman garnered an assist versus Washington during Sunday's Game 2 loss. In 12 postseason outings, Hedman has failed to find the back of the net, but is currently riding a seven-game point streak. Although the assists are nothing to scoff at, fantasy owners will no doubt be clamoring for the blueliner to start putting pucks in the net, something he did 17 times during the regular season. The fact that he has just one shot on goal in his previous trio of contests doesn't bode well for the Swede to suddenly start racking up goals.
Hedman snagged a helper versus the Bruins in Sunday's Game 5 matchup. Hedman is riding a three-game point streak in which he has tallied four assists. In total, the defenseman recorded six points in the second round, after being blanked in opening series against the Devils. The Swede is still looking for his first goal of the playoffs, despite launching 26 shots on net in 10 games.
Hedman had two assists and four shots on net in a 4-1 win over the Bruins in Wednesday's Game 3. Hedman didn't register a point against the Devils in the first round, but he's picked up the pace against Boston. He has a point in all three games to go with 11 shots on net overall. We shouldn't be surprised given that the Swede had 63 points in 77 games.
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