Hedman is skating with Dan Girardi on the Lightning's top pairing and running the team's top power-play unit. The Norris he won last season is polished and ready to stay in his possession this season. The team has just one game under its belt so far and he has no points. But Hedman is poised for another dominant season. He's a lock-and-forget player in every format. The only reason he would ever sit is if his team wasn't on the ice.
Hedman registered a goal and an assist in the Lightning's 6-2 preseason win over Florida on Thursday. Hedman, 27, leads what many believe to be the best defense corps in the NHL. Coming off a 63-point, Norris Trophy-campaign in 2017-18, the smooth-skating Swede will look to pick up where he left off a season ago. Judging by what we saw in this one, it's a safe bet he will do just that. Deploy Hedman with confidence each and every night.
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.
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