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2009 NHL Draft: Victor Hedman

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2009 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the first round (#14 overall)?

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2009 NHL Entry Draft Site

Up Close With Victor Hedman (Video)
  Victor Hedman

The Lowdown:
   6-6, 220-pounds
   MoDo (Sweden)
   DOB: 12-18-90 – Sweden
   Final rank: 1. Midterm rank: 1 (NA-S)

The Shinny:
The kid is the goods. The real deal and, according to most sources, will be a No. 1 NHL defenseman for a long time. Playing with men in the Swedish Elite League, Hedman had 21 points (seven goals) in 43 games and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Has represented Team Sweden the past two years in the World Junior Championships. Plays well in his own end and handles the puck well. Not a giant offensive weapon yet, but steady and sturdy.  Patterns his game after Niklas Lidstrom. Close friends with Panthers goalie prospect Jacob Markstrom.

NHL Director of European Scouting’s Goran Stubb: “For being that young, he’s very mature and he’s big, but moves like a smaller guy. Very mobile, and his puck sense is excellent. Hedman is dominating the game, playing on the first defense pair on MODO. He’s playing around 20 minutes per game.

NHL Director of Central Scouting’s E.J. McGuire: “Victor Hedman brings to his game unsurpassed combinations of size, explosiveness in his skating, quickness and offensive ability. He is indeed the whole package and that just might get him the number one selection overall.”

Hedman on Hedman: “I like to play a good two-way game. I like to join the offensive rushes, but I know  I’m a defenseman so I have a responsibility in my own zone. I like to play good offense and defense. I that that’s my style of game, a good two-way game.”

Did you know: Hedman loves flying and hopes to get a pilot’s license in the near future.

His Favorites
   NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings
   NHL Player: Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom
   Shootout Move: Backhand
   Movie: Batman
   TV Show: Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill
   Video Game: FM '08 and FM '09
   Actor: Christian Bale
   Artist: Johnny Cash
   Pre-game meal: Pasta and Chicken

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