Victor Hedman is anxious to take the improvements he made in the KHL to Tampa this season.
He recorded one goal, 20 points, 70 penalty minutes and a plus-18 rating over 26 contests with Barys Astana. "My offensive game, I think, got a real good boost playing almost two minutes every power-play," Hedman said. "I played a lot of minutes, so that's good for my offensive game. I think it's a little bit more physical here and I need to get back like I was last year because I think I improved in that part of the game. Maybe it fell off a little bit over there because it's big ice, and not as physical so I need to get back my mean streak and improve on my overall game. I think I have picked up my game to a higher level, so I'm just excited to step on the ice to prove it in the NHL too." If he can blend his offensive improvements with a mean streak then his fantasy value should increase dramatically. His confidence is high going into this season, which should land him on your radar as a depth defender.