Kucherov had a great offensive season

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Most of the prospects that made their way to Philly are now headed to new cities, but with only 32 names called, the draft action heats up Friday. The first round of picks can dramatically change teams’ draft boards, meaning phones will be ringing the rest of the weekend with trade offers from those who need to move up to get their guy.

This year’s draft class is loaded with talent at cornerback, and even though some of the best are no longer available, there are still plenty of skilled options like Sidney Jones, Teez Tabor and Kevin King.

While Kucherov had a great season, and it would painful to see where the Lightning would have finished without his production, it is unthinkable to think how bad things would have been if a certain Swedish god of hockey hadn’t also elevated his play in 2016-17. No, it isn’t Anton Stralman (although he played much better after a certain writer argued that it would be a good idea to trade him). It’s the other Swede, the one with the long flowing locks and the smooth stride on the ice — Victor Hedman.

Kucherov had a great offensive season, but Hedman had the greatest offensive season ever put together by a defensive member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. His 72 points were a franchise record. So were his 56 assists. Twelve even strength goals — yup, franchise record. As were Nike NFL Jerseys 2014 his points-per-game (0.91) and assists per game (0.71). He 16 goals were only tied for third best in franchise history, so he does have room for improvement next season.

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