Victor Hedman is a beast of a man.
Drafted 2nd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and standing 6'6 and 230 lbs., the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman is playing almost 24 minutes each game at the age of 18. Although still in search of his first NHL goal, Hedman is doing it where it counts, in his own end. Not only that, but his play has helped the Lightning go from the second-worst team in the league last year to respectability.
With no goals and 5 assists in 20 games, Hedman may not be inspring greatness in the offensive zone. What collectors need to remember is that this is only the beginning. The fact that he leads all rookies in ice-time and is second on his own team in ice-time above all-stars Vincent LeCavalier and Martin St. Louis speaks volumes. Now that he's starting to get comfortable in the NHL, just imagine what will happen when he starts to dominate.
Victor Hedman's Young Guns rookie card was released last week in 2009-10 Upper Deck Series One and a new rookie card will be released in about 10 days with the arrival of 2009-10 UD MVP. Both products are available from Canada Card World.