News:Victor Hedman will not play in the World Championships in order to heal from a lower-body injury, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis:Victor Hedman missed four games in April due to the lower-body injury, so he will spend the offseason getting back to full strength.
News:Victor Hedman picked up assists on both Tampa goals Thursday in a 3-2 loss to Montreal.
Analysis: In this one game, Victor Hedman produced as many points as he had in his previous eight. He's not a big offensive producer, but he looks fully recovered from the lower-body injury that had kept him out four games.
News:Victor Hedman (lower body) declared himself 100 percent and ready to play Saturday against Washington.
Analysis: After a four-game absence, Victor Hedman is apparently ready to go Saturday. Feel free to use him as you normally would, as he's been a steady presence on the Bolts' blue line this season with 16 points (4 G, 12 A) and a plus-8 rating in 36 games.
News:Victor Hedman (lower body) won't play in Thursday's game against the Penguins, the Tampa Bay Times' Damian Cristodero reports.
Analysis: On the plus side, Victor Hedman, who last suited up on April 4, hopes to play this coming weekend.
News:Victor Hedman (lower body) was not on the ice for Tuesday's morning skate, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: As a result, Victor Hedman remains in the day-to-day category as Tuesday's game against the Senators approaches.
Lightning's Hedman (Lower Body) Out Saturday And Sunday
News:Victor Hedman (lower body) will not play Sunday, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis:Victor Hedman was already known to be out Saturday and now he will miss both of Tampa Bay's weekend games. He is still considered day-to-day after the weekend.
News:Victor Hedman is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and will not play in Saturday's game against the Islanders.
Analysis: For now you can consider Victor Hedman questionable for Sunday's contest in Washington. He left Thursday's game with an undisclosed lower-body injury and did not return. While the issue does not sound serious, there is a good chance he will be out for the weekend.
News: The Lightning called up Matt Taormina on Friday as a precaution because Victor Hedman is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Analysis: Keep Victor Hedman reserved until you see his name in the box score. There's no use taking a chance.
Lightning's Hedman Leaves Thurday's Game With Injury
News:Victor Hedman suffered a lower body injury in Thursday's game against the Hurricanes and will not return, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis: It is unclear how Victor Hedman suffered the injury, so fantasy owners can consider him day-to-day until more information is available.
News:Victor Hedman scored in the shootout Friday to lift the Lightning to a 5-4 win over the Devils.
Analysis: His offensive game is starting to grow, but there have been whispers he just doesn't have high-end hockey sense. And that could ultimately limit his overall fantasy value.
News:Victor Hedman was hit on the head Wednesday night by the Leafs' Joffrey Lupul and was dazed afterward, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: This after Victor Hedman was day-to-day with an upper body injury before the game. He stayed in the game Wednesday night, skating 28 shifts.
News:Victor Hedman (upper body) will play in Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis:Victor Hedman left Monday's game a little early after taking a big hit in the third period, but he is good to go for Wednesday after making it through the Lightning's morning skate.
Lightning's Hedman (Upper Body) Participates In Wednesday's Skatearound
News:Victor Hedman was present at Wednesday morning's skatearound, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis:Victor Hedman is day-to-day with a seemingly minor upper body injury and this bodes well for his status Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs. He has 14 points (four goals) in 29 games this season.
News:Victor Hedman (upper body) is day-to-day, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis:Victor Hedman left Monday's game against the Flyers with an undisclosed upper body ailment. The 22-year-old defender has 14 points on the season, one of the better paces of his four-year career.
News:Victor Hedman left with an apparent injury after taking a big hit in the third period of Monday's win over the Flyers.
Analysis: Prior to departing, Victor Hedman had an assist and was plus-1 with a pair of hits and two blocked shots. For now, consider him day-to-day with the undisclosed ailment.
News:Victor Hedman picked up an assist and finished plus-3 in a Lightning win over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: He has 13 points in 28 games and hasn't exactly lit up the St. Petersburg skyline with his offense. But he was very involved all night long Saturday and this could be a sign of better things to come.
News:Victor Hedman picked up an assist Saturday in Tampa's loss to Montreal. He now has 12 points in 25 games.
Analysis: The 12 points seem to be solid production from a blueliner, but he has just four points in his last 13 games after getting eight in his first 12. He's a tough activation right now.
News:Victor Hedman scored twice in Tampa Bay's 4-3 shootout loss to Montreal on Tuesday night. He now has points in two straight games.
Analysis: He now has four goals and four helpers in 12 games, a pace that would see him net 32 points in this shortened season. That would be a massive breakout for the monstrous defender -- it would equate to a 54-point non-lockout season. It appears his keeper status is on the rise.
News:Victor Hedman (left foot) sat out the morning skate, but is expected to play Tuesday against the Flyers, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
Analysis: It seems likely Victor Hedman was just held out as a precaution, giving him the opportunity to built on his quick start to the season against Ilya Bryzgalov and the Flyers. Hedman has already accumulated five points as well as a plus-9 rating in eight games this year.
News:Victor Hedman notched his second goal of the season in Sunday's win over Philadelphia. He now has points in back-to-back games.
Analysis: He has two goals and an assist in his last two games. He says his offensive game got a boost this season in the KHL, and we hope this outburst is the first NHL sign of that. Use him while he continues this burst.
Bolts' Hedman: Offensive Game Got "Real Boost" In KHL
News:Victor Hedman says his offensive game "got a real boost" playing in the KHL this season, but he says "I need to get my mean streak back" after playing on the larger ice overseas, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
Analysis: He improved his work on the PP and could actually be emerging as the franchise defender we all hoped we see. His 21 points in 26 KHL games bodes well for his NHL owners.
News:Victor Hedman has blossomed into one of the KHL's top defenders, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
Analysis: He's playing in a lot of situations and his 18 helpers are tied for second among KHL defensemen. And those 18 points (in 21 games) are sixth among defenders. He's also plus-12 and averages 21:51 a game. The offense is exciting, but it's his growth on the power play that should have the Bolts and fantasy owners thrilled. He seems to be finally figuring out how to combine defensive positioning with offensive creativity, and he is improving his decision making. Let's hope it all translates well back on the smaller NHL ice.
News:Victor Hedman has inked a deal with Barys Astana of the KHL, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
Analysis: He'll report to the club Friday. The young defender's game is developing well, but we can't help but wonder what effect extended time on larger ice and in a less-physical league will do to him. It took him some time to adjust to the smaller ice and to increase his physicality, and this move at this early point in his career could result in a slow break from the gate when he gets back to Tampa. Just keep it in your back pocket.
News:Victor Hedman scored one of Tampa Bay's four goals in Monday's win over Washington, extending a points streak to four games.
Analysis:Victor Hedman has five points in the last four games, but is unlikely to crack the 26-point mark he established last season. He's an intriguing late-round pick for next year, even moreso if Tampa Bay does not call up Mark Barberio, who has been lighting up the AHL this season.
News:Victor Hedman tallied an assist in his return to action Tuesday.
Analysis: He was slowed by the flu Monday and did not play against the Flyers, but appears to be healthy again after the one-game absence.
News:Victor Hedman will not play Monday due to illness, the Lightning's official Twitter feed reports.
Analysis: It's a last-minute scratch, but those who have him locked in as an option for weekly formats will likely regain his services after a one-game absence. For now, Victor Hedman is considered day-to-day.
News:Victor Hedman scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's win over the Bruins.
Analysis: It's his first goal since February 2, a span of 15 games, and his first points since February 16. The talent is evident, but Victor Hedman just hasn't delivered with any kind of consistency this season. He remains a better keeper than single-year option.
News:Victor Hedman (lower body) suited up Tuesday night against Ottawa, recording 24:36 worth of ice time.
Analysis:Victor Hedman, who hadn't played since Feb. 25, certainly wasn't eased in upon his return, so those in deep leagues who deploy him can once again use him as they normally would.
News:Victor Hedman (lower body) appears ready to play Tuesday night against Ottawa, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Analysis:Victor Hedman has missed the last four games with an undisclosed injury, but currently "feels 100 percent." He still needs final clearance from team personnel, which should happen before game time. Be sure to track his status if you are counting on him to be in your lineup Tuesday.
News:Victor Hedman (upper body) is expected to practice on Monday, reports Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.
Analysis: Team trainer Tommy Mulligan insists the injury is not a concussion and that Victor Hedman could return to game action next week. We'll wait to see his name in a box score or two before we jump back on his bandwagon.
News:Victor Hedman (upper body) may return next week, Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis: According to GM Steve Yzerman, "if all goes well, it's possible." That doesn't sound too optimistic, but it is still good news that the Lightning plan on having Victor Hedman back before the season ends.
News:Victor Hedman's injury is not believed to be a concussion, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
Analysis: "We don't believe it is concussion related," said Bolts' general manager Steve Yzerman. He is hopeful Victor Hedman will play again this season but he wouldn't be specific, saying: "I don't want to give you incorrect information" when probed on if there was a clear diagnosis. Use someone else for your fantasy purposes.
Bolts' Hedman (Upper Body): Tests Scheduled For Monday
News:Victor Hedman (upper body) did not play Sunday and will undergo "tests and evaluation" Monday when the Lightning return home from its road trip, reports Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.
Analysis: Bolts general manager Steve Yzerman would not reveal if Victor Hedman had suffered his second concussion of the season; we'll wait on the results of those "tests."
News:Victor Hedman (upper body injury) was not on the ice for warmups prior to Sunday's game against New Jersey, Tampa Tribune writer Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis: More on Victor Hedman as we know it, but his injury figures to open the door for Evan Oberg to see some action Sunday.
News:Victor Hedman left Saturday's game against Pittsburgh with an upper body injury, Tampa Tribune writer Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis: Nothing else has been disclosed about the injury other than that the team considers him day-to-day. We'll watch for more information.
News:Victor Hedman's upper-body injury is officially listed as day-to-day but may be more serious, according to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.
Analysis: The big defender missed the third period of Saturday's game and will be re-evaluated Sunday. The team isn't saying much but coach Guy Boucher did say, "I don't expect anything good to come of it." Uh-oh.
News:Victor Hedman picked up an assist Sunday in a loss to the Penguins. He now has four points in six games in February.
Analysis: His concussion layoff has clearly injected a level of snarl and stuff into his game that has never been seen in the NHL. We're seeing a glimpse of his future value and we're impressed. His current value in single-year leagues is rising, too. Take advantage.
News:Victor Hedman scored the Lightning's only goal in Thurday's OT loss to the Jets.
Analysis: It was a spicy end-to-end rush for the big defender who had returned from injury earlier this week. Use him as you normally would.
News:Victor Hedman (concussion) returned to action Tuesday against the Capitals. He had missed 13 games.
Analysis: He finished minus-1 with one shot, two blocked shots and three hits in 18:38 of action. Use him as you usually would.
News:Victor Hedman (concussion) was on the ice for practice Monday and was no longer wearing a non-contact jersey, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: There's a good chance that Victor Hedman will return to action Tuesday night, which will mark his first game in nearly a month after suffering the injury against the Flyers in late December.
News:Victor Hedman (concussion) might return as soon as Tuesday, according to Tampa Tribune.
Analysis: It's probably a long shot as it was only days ago that he started to skate with his teammates. He'll need a few solid practices under his belt before he get back into the lineup so keep him benched until you see him in the box scores for a few games.
News:Victor Hedman (concussion) skated with the team Tuesday for the first time since suffering the injury, the team's official Twitter page reports.
Analysis:Victor Hedman's production is down from last season. In 2010-11, Hedman put up 26 points (3G, 23A) and 70 PIM in 79 games. This year, he has six points (2G, 4A) and 28 PIM through 32 games. A late-December collision sidelined him, but he appears to be inching towards recovery. It's a good sign for the 21-year-old.
News:Victor Hedman (concussion) he has begun light off-ice workouts, in addition to some light skating on his own, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: There is still no timetable for his return to action, but this information indicates that he is trending in a positive direction on that front.
Bolts' Hedman (Concussion) Skates, But Still Feels Symptoms
News:Victor Hedman (concussion) skated Tuesday for the first time since suffering his injury Dec. 27, reports the Tampa Bay Times. He did not wear equipment and really didn't do anything other than pass the puck around.
Analysis: He said he's still feeling concussion symptoms, so his return isn't near. This feels like it's going to go on for a few more weeks at least. Put him on your IR if you can. Or find someone else for single-year leagues -- there are plenty of similar fish in the fantasy pool.
News: Coach Guy Boucher provided an update on Victor Hedman's (concussion) status following Tuesday's morning skate in Toronto, and the news wasn't too good, TSN.ca reports. "We were hoping the first few days that it was going to be quick, but he's not even on this trip and it's three games, an entire week, and he's not even with us and I think that talks for itself," Boucher said.
Analysis:Victor Hedman isn't even a proposition for you this week and it sounds like next week might be in jeopardy as well. Considering the way the NHL has been handling concussions this season, you almost always want to assume a later timetable to action.
News:Victor Hedman (concussion) was not on the ice for practice Monday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: He remains out indefinitely, while the fact that Victor Hedman suffered a concussion two seasons ago could lead to a longer road to recovery as the Bolts will ensure that he's symptom-free before getting him back on the ice again.
News:Victor Hedman's (concussion) symptoms have gotten better but he said Saturday that he still doesn't "feel right," reports the Tampa Bay Times.
Analysis: He missed a game after he suffered a concussion as a rookie in 2009-10 but he says this one is different. "This is a new feeling for me; a new type of injury," Victor Hedman said. "And concussions, you have to be careful with. You just have to make sure I'm symptom-free when I get back on the ice." Keep him on your bench until you see his name in a box score.
News:Victor Hedman is out indefinitely with a concussion, according to GM Steve Yzerman, the Lightning's official Twitter feed reports.
Analysis: An IR move may soon follow, while if you use Victor Hedman in weekly leagues you'll definitely want to start making plans for the next period. Yzerman also says Hedman is not doing any kind of workouts, and is just resting for the time being, so he appears to be a ways off from a return.
News: Tampa coach Guy Boucher says Victor Hedman's (upper body) injury is not clear-cut with a set timetable for a return, reports Tampa Bay Times.
Analysis:Victor Hedman hasn't been on the ice with the Bolts or available to the media since his injury Tuesday night. It just doesn't look like he's close to returning any time soon. "It's really hard to say," Boucher said about the big Swede's status. "I'd love to say he's out for a while and it's clear. It's really day to day." Keep him reserved until you see his name in a box score.
News:Victor Hedman (upper body) is out for Thursday's game against Montreal, TampaBayLightning.com reports.
Analysis: It's not clear whether Victor Hedman might be able to return for Tampa's game against Carolina on Saturday. The team recalled Evan Oberg on Thursday.
News:Victor Hedman left Wednesday's game against the Flyers in a collision with the end boards and will be evaluated "every day for the next few days," the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: The Lightning are losing defensemen left-and-right, and it appears that Victor Hedman's injury is at least somewhat significant. Eric Brewer also got banged up in the game, though he later returned.
News:Victor Hedman left Tuesday night's game with an upper body injury and will not return, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports
Analysis:Victor Hedman had been a major disappointment until recently, notching four assists in his last four games. Consider Hedman day-to-day until further tests are done.
News:Victor Hedman notched a pair of assists in Thursday's win over Calgary, his first multi-point effort of the season.
Analysis: He's got four assists in his last four games after snapping a 16-game scoreless streak. Fantasy owners who drafted the one-time second overall pick certainly expected more, and perhaps he's finally rounding into that form.
News:Victor Hedman has not picked up a point since October 22, a span of 14 games. He has just two goals on the season.
Analysis: His role has shifted significantly in the absence of Mattias Ohlund and the big Swede has been called upon to play shutdown D. His value in single-year leagues is virtually non-existent but you may be able to scoop him in keeper leagues where his owners are weeping in their barley drinks. His future remains bright.
News: The Lightning have signed Victor Hedman to a five-year extension through 2016-17, the club's official Twitter feed reports.
Analysis:Victor Hedman has been on the ice for 23 minutes per game this season, but his fantasy contributions haven't increased with his ice time. Still, at only 20 years old, there is still ample time for his breakout, both this season and over the course of his new contract. The Lightning obviously feel confident in his talent, and their confidence should instill some residual confidence in fantasy owners as well.
News:Victor Hedman was held scoreless for the eighth consecutive game Saturday.
Analysis: He's still logging heavy minutes, but the breakout is on hold for the time being as he's only fired 23 shots on goal through 16 games while his contributions in the plus/minus (minus-1) and PIM (14) departments have been lackluster thus far as well.
News:Victor Hedman (upper body) is probable for Monday's game against the Jets, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Hopefully, we'll receive a confirmation of his availability following the morning skate, but it appears as though Victor Hedman will be a safe roll for those in weekly formats facing a Monday lineup deadline.
News:Victor Hedman (upper body) will not play in Saturday's game against the Blues, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis:Victor Hedman had an outside shot at suiting up Saturday, but the Lightning will hold him out for at least one more game. Hedman was able to skate for an extended period Saturday, so there appears to be a decent chance he returns to action Monday.
News:Victor Hedman (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Blues, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis:Victor Hedman missed the last two games and appeared likely to miss a third, but apparently he felt much better after waking up Saturday morning. Even if he does not get the go-ahead Saturday, it looks like Hedman will be back on the ice soon.
News:Victor Hedman will miss Wednesday's game due to an upper body injury, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis:Victor Hedman was a late scratch Sunday and has now missed two games in a row with the injury. His fantasy value is limited even when he's on the ice, however -- he only has two goals and zero assists in 13 games so far this season.
News:Victor Hedman (upper body) was diagnosed with an undisclosed upper body injury during Friday's overtime against Chicago and was a late scratch Sunday against Florida, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Even though this doesn't seem like a serious injury, Victor Hedman already had limited fantasy value and this surely won't help his performance.
News:Victor Hedman finished minus-3 in Tuesday's loss to the Hurricanes.
Analysis: He played a 6-6 pylon to Jeff Skinner's Maserati -- man, he got schooled. He's smart and he'll learn from this. But it doesn't mean his fantasy value is going up any time soon.
News:Victor Hedman scored his second goal of the season in Saturday's win over the Sabres.
Analysis: He's not delivering offense but he is earning his keep as a defense-first blueliner. His plus-5 rating leads the squad. His fantasy value will be limited while the team relies on him for this kind of work.
News:Victor Hedman will be on the Lightning's top defense pairing with Eric Brewer now that Mattias Ohlund has been put on the IR.
Analysis: This gives the kid a lot of responsibility against the best the opponents can throw at him. And that means his focus will be on defense, not offense. It's a great move for him but a bad move for his fantasy owners.
News:Victor Hedman will be elevated to the Lightning's top pairing if Mattias Ohlund's MRI on Monday puts the latter on the IR, reports the St. Petersburg Times.
Analysis: That means he'll be playing big minutes against the best opponents other teams can ice. "I want to be a guy who makes a difference," said Victor Hedman in response to the opportunity. He has matured over his first two seasons and seems to have learned he can't just jump into the rush like he loves to do. "He's a decent offensive player who has tremendous speed, great mobility, good vision and great passing ability," said his coach Guy Boucher. "But now he understands, first and foremost, being able to defend." The top-pairing opportunity coupled with his coach's admission he's not exactly an offensive star means you should pump his tires and trade his tail in keeper formats that stress offense from the back end. He's not going to be Shea Weber and he doesn't have the toughness to be Chris Pronger. He'll be good but not as much as was first imagined.
News:Victor Hedman was not in the first set of names uttered by coach Guy Boucher for first-unit power-play time to start this season, reports the St. Petersburg Times.
Analysis: That's a real blow to his fantasy value. Boucher spent a lot of time Tuesday tinkering with the power play and he said Eric Brewer and Marc-Andre Bergeron would have prominent roles there. Victor Hedman is being brought along slowly so his keeper value stands up. But this season could make him a difficult fantasy play.
News: Hedman (lower body) logged heavy minutes Wednesday against Pittsburgh and led Tampa Bay with five shots on net.
Analysis: He was second only to Eric Brewer in ice time (22:44) and appeared poised in his first NHL playoff game. Whatever ache was ailing him last weekend seems to be a thing of the past. Or at least tolerable when it comes to playoff hockey.
News: After conflicting reports earlier in the day, the Lightning have confirmed that Hedman (lower body) will not play Saturday.
Analysis: This is the most sensible move, as there's no reason to risk re-injury with a playoff spot already sealed up.
News: Contrary to earlier reports, Hedman (lower body) will play Saturday against Carolina, the Lightning's official site reports.
Analysis: The Lightning's playoff spot is secured, but they are going to play most of their regulars in the finale, much to the delight of the Rangers, who badly need a Carolina loss.
News: Hedman (lower body) will not play Saturday against the Hurricanes, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Analysis: With a playoff spot sealed up, there's little reason to play Hedman in the regular season finale if he's anything less than 100 percent.
News: Hedman (lower body) will likely play Saturday against Carolina if the game has playoff bearing for the Lightning, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Hedman evidently could have played Friday too, but it looks as though the Lightning will play it safe here with the blueliner when they face the Panthers Friday night.
News: Hedman suffered a lower body injury Tuesday against the Sabres, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Hedman, who came into the game with 26 points in 78 contests, saw 10:48 worth of ice time in 16 shifts prior to his departure from Tuesday's game.
News: Hedman snagged an assist Wednesday night against the Devils. It came on the power play.
Analysis: He has 23 points on the season and four in his last 12. Just three of his points have come with the man advantage but his game has grown dramatically this season. Keeper leaguers should target him now as we expect a solid growth in production in the next two seasons.
News: Hedman picked up an assist Friday night. It's the second-straight game where he has picked up a point.
Analysis: He's still finding his way in the NHL and he has just 16 points in 44 games. But that's still a 30-point pace. Keeper leaguers may be frustrated with his seemingly slow progression -- go pounce. This guy's game is going to be outstanding in as little as two years.
News: Hedman notched his first-ever shootout goal -- the game winner -- in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Atlanta.
Analysis: He cruised in slowly and then just ripped a wrister off the inside of the left post. He's on pace to crack the 30-point plateau this season and will be a future stud.
News: Hedman scored his first goal of the season in Wednesday's win over the Rangers.
Analysis: He's been invisible in November, tallying just three points in 11 games. In fact, he has just three in his last 13. He remains an excellent long-term keeper but he's droppable right now in most single-year formats.
News: Hedman, who had been a game-time decision Thursday due to an upper body injury, was able to skate 20:17 in the thrilling 8-7 win at Philadelphia.
Analysis: He also registered two assists, so he looks fine to keep in your lineup. The second-year man has eight assists on the season already, but is still looking for his first goal after 18 games.
News: Hedman has an upper body injury and is questionable for Thursday's game against Philadelphia, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Hedman missed part of the second period Wednesday with the injury but was able to return, so there seems to be a pretty good chance he'll play, but we'll keep an eye out for more concrete news.
News: Hedman (foot) will play Saturday against San Jose, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis: Hedman has a bone contusion on the outside of his right foot and won't be 100 percent, but it looks like he'll play.
News: Hedman's (foot) x-rays revealed no break, just a bone contusion on the outside of his right foot, reports the St. Petersburg Times.
Analysis: He's in a walking boot/cast and has declared himself day-to-day. It will all come down to his ability to get that foot into his skate Saturday night.
News: Hedman (foot) was forced to sit out Thursday's game against Los Angeles.
Analysis: He couldn't put his foot in his shoe when he arrived at the rink Thursday but took part in warm-ups any way. But he just couldn't go. X-rays are on tap but there's no timetable for the results.
Bolts' Hedman Makes Return From Foot Injury Wednesday
News: Hedman returned from a foot injury Wednesday against the Ducks, spending exactly 24 minutes out on the ice.
Analysis: Hedman was held pointless for his third consecutive contest, but it appears that he has dodged a significant injury to his foot.
News: Hedman had X-rays on his left foot following Saturday's game, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
Analysis: The Bolts are off until Wednesday, so we should be able to get a good read on Hedman's chances of playing against the Ducks depending on his level of participation in practice in the next few days.
News: Hedman's great play so far this season has impressed his coach and teammates, reports the Tampa Tribune.
Analysis: He struggled mightily last season and started slowly in camp this year. But he quickly adjusted and is flying right now. "He has made tremendous leaps since the beginning of the year. Up to now, we've got no choice but to play him a lot because he's playing so well," Bolts' coach Guy Boucher said. The Lightning's new system clearly fits Hedman and teammate Steven Stamkos is impressed with his franchise defender: "He's carrying the puck a lot more, he's jumping into the rush, and he's utilizing his size and speed. It's pretty unusual to have that kind of combination. The biggest thing I've noticed is that his pass is right on." His keeper value has always been high but some of his owners may be impatient with his progress. Go pounce -- this guy is going to explode.
News: Hedman's assist in Sunday's loss quietly stretched his point streak to four games.
Analysis: He has five helpers in those four games and finally looks as though he's getting comfortable out there. Put him back in if you had him benched.
News: Hedman set up two power-play goals in Tampa Bay's 5-4 win over Dallas on Monday night.
Analysis: He had struggled so far this season under the weight of increased expectations but he looked smoother and more relaxed Monday night. Hopefully this is the start of something excellent for this uber-talented young stud.
News: Lightning coach Guy Boucher expects big things from Hedman this season, reports the Tampa Tribune.
Analysis: "He's going to fall into the category of guys that have to, not should, have to be able to log quite a few minutes," Boucher said. Hedman's skating is exceptional for a big man and he really just needs to amp up his speed of execution. He will get ample opportunity to orchestrate the Bolts' power play this season and his production will reflect his emerging importance to the team.
News: Lightning D Victor Hedman recorded seven PIM during Thursday's 4-3 win over the Senators, five for getting busy with Ottawa's Mike Fisher during the second period. Hedman was in the lineup after sitting out three games due to a lower-body injury. He finished at even in 10 shifts.
Analysis: While Hedman has just four goals and 20 points this season, he's shown some flashes of his potential. He remains more of a long-term Fantasy keeper and low-end flier in seasonal formats.
News: Lightning D Victor Hedman (lower body) was unable to play Tuesday against the Hurricanes. He has missed the last three games.
Analysis: It would be a real shame if Hedman ends his rookie season on the injured list. The No. 2 pick in last year's draft has totaled four goals, 20 points and a minus-3 rating in 73 games. He hasn't had a great rookie season, but we definitely saw flashes of his potential. He remains more of a long-term Fantasy keeper and low-end flier in seasonal formats.
News: The Tampa Tribune reports that Lightning D Victor Hedman (hip) will miss Tuesday's game at Carolina.
Analysis: As a rookie, Hedman has totaled four goals, 20 points and a minus-3 rating in 73 games for the below-average Lightning. He remains more of a long-term Fantasy keeper.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning D Victor Hedman is listed as day to day with an undisclosed lower-body injury suffered on Tuesday in Columbus. The injury to the rookie blue liner is not considered to be serious, but there is no timetable on his return. He has missed the last two games.
Analysis: It would be a real shame if Hedman ends his rookie season on the injured list. The No. 2 pick in last year's draft has totaled four goals, 20 points and a minus-3 rating in 73 games. He hasn't had a great rookie season, but we definitely saw flashes of his potential. He remains more of a long-term Fantasy keeper and low-end flier in seasonal formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning D Victor Hedman set a career-high with three assists in a 5-4 loss to Boston on Thursday. The overall No. 2 pick in the 2009 draft had just one assist in the previous 12 games prior to the offensive outburst.
Analysis: Hedman has quietly produced 18 points and a plus-5 rating in 56 games. While he hasn't had a standout Fantasy season, Hedman has had a pretty decent rookie season for a blueliner. Playing defense is one of the toughest positions in the NHL and rookie skaters don't exactly have great seasons. But Hedman has shown in 2009-10 that the future is bright. He remains more of a long-term Fantasy keeper and low-end flier in seasonal formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning rookie defenseman Victor Hedman jumped right back into the lineup on Saturday against the Thrashers after sitting out the previous game as a healthy scratch following a tough week-long stretch. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft has exceeded expectations this season, but with mistakes ending up in his own net he began struggling with confidence. Hedman said the game off proved beneficial. "It looks much easier from up top," he said. "You can see all the plays and everything. It gave me a little feeling of what I should work on and what I should think of. I mean, I need to get back to the game I was playing earlier. I think December was a pretty good month for me, so I want to get back to that and to playing with confidence."
Analysis: Hedman, 19, entered Saturday's game with four goals and 10 assists. He was second among NHL rookies in ice time (21:57 per game) and first in shifts (28.3 per game), but in the four games leading up to his benching, he was minus-6. He played more than 22 minutes in his return to the ice. Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said he wanted to give Hedman a mental break to take some pressure off. He hoped having him watch a game from up high would lead to better decision-making. "I think that was his biggest issue the last two or three weeks," Tocchet said. "He was getting a little caught in between. Unfortunately, some of the mistakes he was making were costing us at crucial times." Hedman still has a bright future ahead. He just remains more of a long-term Fantasy keeper and low-end flier in seasonal formats.
News:The Tampa Tribune reports Lightning rookie defenseman Victor Hedman was a healthy scratch on Thursday against the Maple Leafs after the 19-year-old endured a rough stretch of games in January. He has one goal, one assist and a minus-8 rating in his last nine games. "It won't be a long thing, he just needs to catch his breath a little bit," Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said. "He's a 19-year-old playing 22 minutes a night for us, and when you don't dress other guys it's for other reasons. With him, it's not because he doesn't work or anything like that, he works. He just needs to catch his breath, the same thing we did with (Steven) Stamkos last year."
Analysis: When Tampa Bay put Stamkos on a strict training regimen down the stretch in 2008-09, he responded to become one of the league's best scorers. We are not sure Hedman will follow the same path since he is a blueliner. However, Hedman still has a bright future ahead. He just remains more of a long-term Fantasy keeper and low-end flier in seasonal formats.
News: Lightning D Victor Hedman returned to the lineup on Friday against the Blues after missing Thursday's game in Detroit with a foot injury. Hedman, who turned 19 on Friday, had an assist and finished at plus-1 in 24:17 of ice time. Hedman has two goals and one assist in his last three games and is up to 10 points on the season.
Analysis: The No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft is as promising as a prospect there is in the NHL, but it is going to take some time until he develops into a solid all-around player. Hedman has low-end Fantasy appeal in seasonal formats when healthy. It's nice to see he won't need a trip to IR.
News: Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman didn't play Thursday against the Red Wings because of a foot injury. He is day to day.
Analysis: Hedman has scored twice in his last six games for the first goals of his NHL career. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft is as promising as a prospect there is in the NHL, but it is going to take some time until he develops into a solid all-around player. Hedman has low-end Fantasy appeal in seasonal formats when healthy.
News: Lightning D Victor Hedman scored a goal during Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Oilers. After the Oilers went ahead 2-1 on Dustin Penner's goal at 6:31 of the second, Hedman got the equalizer 63 seconds later as he beat Jeff Deslauriers on a slap shot. It was his second goal of the season, both coming in the last three games.
Analysis: Hedman has totaled nine points in his first 29 games with the Lightning. His offensive production has slowed down after a hot start to the season, but that is expected from a rookie skater. Tampa Bay has big plans for Hedman, who was taken second overall in the 2009 draft, but it is still a learning process. Hedman has low-end Fantasy appeal in seasonal formats.
News: Lightning D Victor Hedman returned to the lineup on Thursday against the Wild after missing one game with a concussion. He had no points in 24:02 of ice time and finished at even. Hedman has no points in 10 games.
Analysis: The Lightning are lucky Hedman didn't need a trip to IR after getting his "Welcome to the NHL, rookie" moment. Hedman has definitely hit an offensive wall after a hot start, so treat him as a low-end Fantasy option.
News: The St. Pete Times reports that a brain function test on Lightning rookie D Victor Hedman (concussion) came back normal. He could play Thursday against the Wild.
Analysis: Hedman has been playing at a high level in his first NHL season, so hopefully this injury doesn't knock his game off track. You might want to see how he does in his first couple of games before inserting him back into your lineup. He remains a superb long-term Fantasy keeper and low-end option in most seasonal formats.
News:The St. Petersburg Times reports Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman skated during Monday's practice and was able to practice in full. However, coach Rick Tocchet sounded as though he might hold out the rookie defenseman for Thursday's game against the Wild. Hedman sustained a concussion Thursday on a ferocious check by Ottawa's Chris Neil. "It's his first one and, obviously, I'd take the safer side of it if he felt pretty good," Tocchet said. "To me, he would have to feel real good. I don't know if pretty good will get him in the lineup, especially at this stage of his career and this stage of the season. If it was April, playoff game, pretty good might be good enough."
Analysis: The Lightning aren't going anywhere fast and there is no need to risk a franchise player like Hedman, who was selected second overall in the 2009 draft. Hedman's play was starting to suffer before the nasty hit, so sitting down for a few games could help him get back on track. The long-term Fantasy keeper and low-end option in seasonal formats is not a recommended start for Week 6 (Nov. 9-15).
News: As expected, Lightning rookie D Victor Hedman, the second overall pick in this year's draft, sat out Saturday's game at Montreal with an upper body injury.
Analysis: Hedman's offensive output has slowed down a little after his blistering start, but he's still worth using in deeper leagues a Fantasy flier when healthy. Hopefully he'll be back on the ice soon, but you should just probably bench him for Fantasy Week 6 (Nov. 9-15) anyway as the Lightning only play twice in the scoring period.
News: Lightning rookie D Victor Hedman will not be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Canadiens following a body check by Ottawa's Chris Neil that left him flattened on the ice. The 18-year-old player was helped off ice and did not return to the game. Hedman says it was a clean hit and he must learn to keep his head up.
Analysis: Hedman's offensive output has slowed down a little after his blistering start, but he's still worth using in deeper leagues a Fantasy flier when healthy. Hopefully he'll be back on the ice soon.
News: Rookie Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman left Thursday's game against the Senators in the second period and did not return after he was leveled by Ottawa's Chris Neil on a hit along the boards behind Tampa Bay's net. "I saw it kind of quickly on the board," Vincent Lecavalier said. "A couple of guys said it was dirty but I don't want to comment on it. I didn't see it clearly." Steve Downie was assessed an instigating minor, a major and a misconduct at 14:12 when he came to his teammate's defense and fought Neil, who wasn't surprised by Downie's reaction. "You don't like to see your teammates get hit like that but it's a clean hit, sometimes you can't do much about it," Neil said.
Analysis: Hedman had no points on Thursday in 15:17 of ice time and has no points in his last nine games. This coming after having four assists in his first five outings. It seems Hedman has hit a bit of a wall like most rookie blueliners. While he has a bright future ahead, Hedman is still a low-end Fantasy flier when healthy.
News: Lightning D Viktor Hedman assisted twice in Thursday's loss to the Devils.
Analysis: Hedman is seeing a ton of ice time as a rookie and led the Lightning in power-play minutes on Thursday. He's worth owning in most leagues right now, but should only be starting in deeper formats until the points really start to flow.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning rookie D Victor Hedman, the second overall pick in the 2009 draft, has an unusual pregame habit. Unlike most players on game day, the 18-year-old doesn't take afternoon naps. Hedman says he has done so in the past, but he no longer partakes in the game-day ritual that most players abide by because he said it makes him feel lazy the rest of the day. So while in his room, Hedman said he likes to watch television or be on his computer.
Analysis: Hedman scored his first career point in his NHL debut with an assist on a Marty St. Louis goal at 14:01 of the second period Saturday against the Thrashers. Hedman logged 26:27 of ice time. Much like Kings D Drew Doughty, who was the second pick in the 2008 draft, it seems the Lightning are going to run Hedman through the rigors as a rookie. He could be further along in the maturation process since he has played in the SEL, but Hedman is still more of a low-end Fantasy option.
News: The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Victor Hedman to a standard, three-year rookie contract on Thursday. Hedman was the second overall pick in June's entry draft. He was rated as the top European player and one of the top two players overall available in the draft by NHL Central Scouting. Tampa Bay general manager Brian Lawton said in a statement that the team was happy to get Hedman signed so that the rookie could focus on his development.
Analysis: Hedman spent the 2008-09 season with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League. He had seven goals and 21 points in 43 games. Hedman not might be a physical defender, but he uses his 6-6 frame to his advantage. He has great stick work and has a unique combination of size and speed. Hedman is good at moving the puck up ice and also has a hard slap shot. Tampa Bay really needs some help on their blue line, so it won't be a surprise to see Hedman in uniform in 2009-10. Still, it's very tough for a rookie defenseman to experience great offensive success in his first season. Hedman will merely be a late-round Fantasy flier in deeper formats and a must-have in long-term keeper leagues.
News: The New York Islanders kept everyone guessing, including John Tavares himself, right up until they made the high-scoring center the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft. The Islanders chose Tavares, an 18-year-old junior star with the London Knights, with the first overall pick Friday night ahead of 6-foot-6, 220-pound Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman, the top-ranked European prospect. The Tampa Bay Lightning took Hedman and the Colorado Avalanche followed with forward Matt Duchene, the first three selections going as expected. Hedman joins a Lightning squad that drafted center Steven Stamkos first overall last season. "My goal is to play with the Tampa Bay Lightning next season," Hedman said. "I'm going to work hard this summer to make the team next year."
Analysis: If the Islanders opted to go with Hedman, it wouldn't have been a bad choice either since he is widely considered the most polished defender in the 2009 class. It has helped his progression that he spent two full seasons playing in the Swedish Elite League for Modo. He had seven goals and 21 points in 43 games last season. Hedman not might be a physical defender, but he uses his 6-6 frame to his advantage. He has great stick work and has a unique combination of size and speed. Hedman is good at moving the puck up ice and also has a hard slap shot. Tampa Bay really needs some help on their blue line, so it won't be a surprise to see Hedman in uniform in 2009-10. Still, it's very tough for a rookie defenseman to experience great offensive success in his first season. Hedman will merely be a late-round Fantasy flier in deeper formats and a must-have in long-term keeper leagues.