World News – FI – Tampa Bay Lightning: Victor Hedman could already be a Hall of Famer


With the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup, several players will see their stock increase dramatically Nikita Kucherov’s historic playoffs were needed after a terrible performance in 2019 Even though he played under three minutes in all of the playoffs, Steven Stamkos is now a champion And his 167 seconds on the ice in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final will be an unforgettable moment

There’s also Victor Hedman He’s been considered one of the elite defensemen in the NHL for some time now For five consecutive seasons, Hedman has finished in the top 10 of the Norris Trophy race In each of the last four , he finished in the top 3, winning the Norris Trophy in 2018

It’s pretty obvious that Stamkos is in the Hall of Fame talk thanks to the Stanley Cup You can point the finger at his injuries, but he’s a champion and when he’s healthy there’s no doubt that he is an elite player But I think Hedman is also in this discussion now

It’s crazy, but Hedman has already been in the league for 11 seasons After 11 seasons, it’s only fair to start genuinely evaluating most players as a Hall of Famer contender, with a few exceptions

In 762 regular season games, Hedman racked up 467 points, including 105 goals. It’s not fair to compare this era to other eras, so let’s use adjusted points to compare Hedman to defensemen throughout history

The 530 points adjusted in the Hedman era are the 25th tallest among defenders in their first 11 seasons He is very close to Hall of Fame defenders Larry Murphy (541) and Borje Salming (543) Hedman is ahead of some future Hall of Fame members such as Drew Doughty and Duncan Keith Already he’s in some pretty impressive territory He also ranks just outside the top 30 in points actions

Since entering the league in 2009-10, Hedman has ranked eighth among defensemen in points per game (min 500 games played) This makes him one of the most capable defensemen in the NHL during his career and his output adjusted at the time through 11 seasons put him in a very impressive company

Hedman also did a lot in the playoffs In 109 games he has 70 points Hedman had an amazing 2020 playoff series Personally I would have given Brayden Point the Conn Smythe trophy, but it’s hard to argue against Hedman Point was part of bigger moments as Hedman was their most consistent player every night

Now on to the gist of Hedman’s CV: his rewards When you assess a player’s HOF case, you want to see that he has an extended run as one of the best at his position Hedman has been Norris Trophy finalist for four consecutive seasons, winning one of them The only other salary cap era defender to be named a finalist four times in a row is Nicklas Lidstrom

Erik Karlsson was a finalist in three consecutive seasons (2014-15 to 2016-17), but narrowly missed a fourth Zdeno Chara nearly won five consecutive years as a Norris Trophy finalist, but missed it in 2009-10 (2007-08 to 2008-09 and 2010-11 to 2011-12)

Hedman’s reputation in the league and his two-man play will keep him in the Norris Trophy discussion for a while He could very well earn another Hedman has clearly established himself as an elite defender He is rare to find this kind of consistency in a defender

Hedman’s case is already pretty solid He needs about one or two more ‘good’ seasons before he becomes a concrete Hall of Fame in my book Hedman is already there when it comes to his rewards, because he has been established that you don’t need major rewards to be a Hall of Famer slam dunk (see: Scott Stevens) It’s already impressive, Hedman is already so close

Honestly, if he retired today, an HOF case could be filed for Hedman He wouldn’t be in the first ballot, but after a few years he would likely have entered The Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy would probably push him over the fence Do you think Hedman is a future Hall of Famer? Let me know in the comments!

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