CHICAGO -- Nicklas Lidstrom couldn't get over Victor Hedman's size when he met the hulking Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman during a visit by the top prospects for the 2009 NHL Draft at the Stanley Cup Final.
"I heard lots of great things about him before I met him through some of the scouts and people in Sweden, that he had great potential and was really a gifted player that could be a top player, and I knew he was going to be a high draft pick. But my first impression was the size he had," the former Detroit Red Wings defenseman told NHL.com by phone from Sweden on Tuesday. "Being 18 years old and having that size, that's a big advantage. But you've got to be able to handle it too.
"He seems able to do the best with it."