Is this peak Hedman or just the first of many impressive seasons to come? Unfortunately, only time will tell that. With the talent around him (at least in regards to the forwards) he should be able to put up points at a similar rate for the next few seasons. Brent Burns didn’t have his breakout season until 2014-15 when he put up 60 points as a 29-year old. At 26, Hedman might still have room to grow a bit.
In all likelihood he will continue to put up 60-70 point seasons for the next five or six years and constantly be referred to as the best defenseman not to win the Norris.
Same can be said about Mark Stone (2012-14), Mike Hoffman (2010-14) and Shane Prince (2012-15) to name a few for Bingo.
So yes, the lesson to be learned is this. It has largely been proven that patience and guidance is needed for a better percentage of most prospects before they make their transitional stage to the NHL. That is why you have affiliates at the AHL and ECHL levels. It can be done and if not, you may see results that are tarnished like the Cecis and Lazars of the past. Most prospects are no Connor McDavid, ready for the NHL right away.
Colin White needs time in the AHL before he earns a ticket to the show — I’ve said it before on Twitter and I’ll say it again. Ottawa, please don’t screw this one up. And take notes on the progressions on one of your own, JGP, and simply adhere to it.
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