Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who is deemed a primary applicant for the Norris Trophy, will skip a few to 6 weeks right after suffering a reduce-physique personal injury, the crew announced Friday.
Hedman remaining Thursday’s 5-1 loss to Calgary right after he was hit on the facet of his remaining knee in a collision with Flames appropriate winger Garnet Hathaway.
“When I person won’t be able to truly place excess weight on his leg, and will not arrive back again, it failed to search pretty very good,” captain Steven Stamkos reported right after Thursday’s recreation. “Stuff occurs. You won’t be able to management it. You won’t be able to switch a person like [Hedman]. He’s one of the best a few defensemen in the league, and a substantial section of this crew.”
The 27-12 months-previous Hedman, who finished third in Norris Trophy voting very last year, has posted 6 objectives and 27 assists in 44 games this year.
Hedman is third among the defensemen this year in scoring, and he’s primary the NHL in plus/minus at plus-24. He’s averaged 25:36 time on ice for every recreation, which is more than 4 minutes more than any other Tampa Bay player.
The personal injury indicates Hedman will probable skip the NHL All-Star Game, scheduled for Jan. 28 in Tampa, right after currently being named to the Atlantic Division squad this week. Prospective replacements involve Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly and Hedman’s rookie Lightning teammate, Mikhail Sergachev.
ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski contributed to this report.