Hedman needed four stitches to repair a nasty gash near his left eye after his visor broke in half during Friday's 8-1 win over Italy at the World Championship, reports CBC.ca.
Hedman came close to damaging his eye. The collision at centre ice sliced the visor in half and left him with a deep cut mere millimeters from the eye socket. Hedman should be fine.
Hedman was named as a finalist for the Norris Trophy, given annually to the league's top defender.
"I'm extremely humbled and honored," Hedman told the Tampa Bay Times. He's coming off a career season, setting highs for goals (16), assists (56) and points (72). Hedman is up against Brent Burns (Sharks) and Erik Karlsson (Senators).
Hedman moved into second in scoring from the blue line with a goal and an assist Sunday in a 4-2 win over Buffalo.
Yep, he's one better than Erik Karlsson (71) and just four fewer than Brent Burns (76). Hedman should get a nomination for the Norris for this performance.
Hedman set up three goals -- one on the power play -- in a 4-1 win over Toronto on Thursday night.
Hedman now sits alone in third in the NHL in assists with 55 -- yes, overall, not just defenders. He's the top of the helper heap from the blue line, too. Only Connor McDavid and Nicklas Backstrom have been more prolific setup men this season. And don't look now, but Hedman is just one point shy of tying Erik Karlsson for second in scoring from the back end. This guy will be vying for a Norris.
Hedman recorded three assists -- two on the power play and the other on the game-clinching goal -- and logged 29:20 of ice time during Monday's overtime win against Chicago.
In the midst of a career-best showing, Hedman has stepped up his offensive game considerably with 15 goals, 50 assists and 153 shots. His 31 power-play points are especially impressive, and while it seems like the 26-year-old defenseman has been around forever, he's still in the heart of his offensive prime. Being attached to a prolific offense helps his fantasy floor, and Hedman's campaign has established his position among the elite defenseman entering 2017-18.