VIDEO: Lightning rookie Hedman thrives with big minutes

Making an immediate impact in the NHL is difficult at any position, but the challenge is amplified for defensemen. Victor Hedman appears to be an exception to the rule.

The 18-year-old played two seasons for Modo of the Swedish Elite League before making the jump across the pond.

The young defender has excelled in his rookie NHL campaign, living up to the hype that followed him from Sweden to the NHL, and the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder is poised to establish himself as a premiere blueliner in the league for years to come.

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Ryan Kennedy takes a closer at the Lightning’s defensive future.

REPORTER: Ryan Kennedy | PRODUCER: Ted Cooper



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