Nicklas Lidstrom Has High Praise for Victor Hedman

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman had a great game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final to give his team a 2-1 series lead. With his great showing, many around the hockey world are finally beginning to notice the big Swede tucked away in Florida.

One former player that has known about Hedman for some time is former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Lidstrom.

“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,” Lidstrom told NHL.com. “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.”

Hedman has four assists in his past two games, including assists on two of Tampa Bay’s three goals on Monday.

“It’s great to see,” Lidstrom said. “It’s great to see him develop into the type of player that he had great potential of being. He’s only 24 years old too, so he hasn’t even hit his prime yet and he’s playing like a veteran out there. That’s been really enjoyable to watch.”

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