Next great Swedish defenseman?
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08-14-2011, 08:38 PM
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Hedman is seriously the most over hyped player in this board, seriously people do you watch any Tampa games at all? This guy is ****ing lackluster and soft as butter for a dman he reminds of a young Philip Kuba with somewhat of a brain.
If this guy was selected 24th overall and based on his NHL play so far, he won't even be even considered at all.
I gotta agree with a lot of this. A large part of the hype and his dominance throughout the junior years has been his early development to a giant of a man. As have been pointed out by others, his hockey sense and hands are not close to some of the other players up for discussion here. Hedman's size and skating will still make him - and is making him now - a useful player, but his top-end ability is most likely going to be below the level of many of the guys mentioned.
In terms of the #1 Swedish D when Lidstrom retires, Enstrom, Karlsson and Edler will battle it out, at least at first. Right now it's Enstrom, though. I really believe in Oliver Ekman out of the guys that haven't already established themselves. Ekholm will surprise many, as well.
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