Kevin Shattenkirk praised Hampus Lindholm, his original protection partner with the Anaheim Ducks, on Thursday, comparing him to Victor Hedman, his partner with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.
Shattenkirk, an unrestricted free agent who signed a three-300 and sixty five days contract with the Ducks on Oct. 9, turned into paired with Lindholm on the first day of Anaheim practising camp. The 31-300 and sixty five days-aged defenseman won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning last season and played great of it as Hedman’s partner.
“Hampus and Victor are an analogous in certain ways,” Shattenkirk said. “Hampus covers numerous ground on the ice. He’s an horny skater and has the flexibility to interrupt pucks out on his salvage.”
Hedman, a four-time finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman and voted winner of the award in 2018, turned into the Conn Smythe Trophy winner last season voted as essentially the most treasured player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Shattenkirk’s initiating put in Anaheim will involve adapting to original surroundings and, more particularly, Lindholm’s sport.
“It’s miles a topic of getting that read and lustrous once I would prefer to make stronger him, lustrous once I’m able to enable him to develop his thing,” Shattenkirk said. “However for essentially the most section, it is appropriate the verbal change facet of things. I judge he’s somebody who skates smartly. He’s got numerous enormous facets in his sport. Absolutely he’s somebody who’s been in the League for a pretty very prolonged time, so we’re appropriate speaking by device of every play in put together and the more verbal change the larger. We’re surely originate to feeding off every other and studying how we both play the game as fleet as we are able to.”
Lindholm is coming into his eighth season with the Ducks after they selected him with the No. 6 take of the 2012 NHL Draft. The 26-300 and sixty five days-aged has scored 194 facets (50 targets, 144 assists) in 502 NHL video games and 21 facets (four targets, 17 assists) in 55 playoff video games. He led Anaheim skaters in life like ice time per sport (23: 04) last season.
Help of that quality will fade a prolonged system in direction of helping him proceed rebuilding his self assurance, Shattenkirk said. Apart from successful the Cup, growth in that place turned into indubitably one of his greatest internal most accomplishments with the Lightning last season after being bought out of the closing two years of his contract by the Recent York Rangers on Aug. 1, 2019.
“Remaining 300 and sixty five days turned into very mammoth for me,” Shattenkirk said. “Self belief is a huge thing on this sport and on this league. It will near and fade somewhat fleet and it could even be taken, and also which you would possibly well possibly also just have to remind yourself, and that’s the reason a truly good thing, to judge in yourself first.”
Shattenkirk scored 34 facets (eight targets, 26 assists) in 70 current-season video games and 13 facets (three targets, 10 assists) in 25 playoff video games last season.
“I judge once I got to Tampa last 300 and sixty five days, essentially the most efficient thing for me there turned into there turned into a extremely mammoth internal competition to cease in the lineup,” Shattenkirk said. “It’s wholesome for a person care for me who’s making an are attempting to find abet to that form of successful hockey and the form of hockey that I play most efficient. You put numerous tension on yourself most steadily. I judge I did that a itsy-bitsy bit bit too great in Recent York. However I do know my capabilities a itsy-bitsy bit bit better now and realize the form of player I am, and I’ve current that.”