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Being second best won't hurt Hedman

Updated: March 6, 2009, 7:58 PM ET
By Gare Joyce | Special to ESPN.com

Going into this season, opinion among NHL scouts was divided.

Some liked forward John Tavares of the Ontario Hockey League as the first overall pick for the 2009 NHL draft; others preferred Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman. In fact, it's likely the majority saw Hedman as the probable No. 1 based on his performance at the 2008 world under-20 championship in the Czech Republic.

Hedman, who is 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, had been the silver-medal-winning Swedes' best blueliner, ...

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