Tim Heed

Zachary DeVine

2017-05-27

 

Tim Heed, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 185

Born: 1991-01-27

 

Hometown:   Göteborg, SWE

 

Drafted: 5th round 2010 (132nd overall)

Free Agent signing – 2016-05-25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

May 2017 – In some good news for San Jose Sharks fans, the team confirmed that Heed is a restricted free agent this summer. It was previously reported that Heed would be a UFA on July 1, but that is not the case. His first year in North America was a breakout effort, and he could be a trade target of interest to other NHL clubs or get a long look for a spot with the San Jose Sharks for next season. Playoff hockey has cut into Heed's production from the blueline as players are clogging the passing lanes and bravely stepping in front of "Howitzer" Heed's slap shot from the point. He's still a threat on every shift and helping fuel the Barracuda transition game. Zachary DeVine
 

December 2016 – There is just no stopping Tim Heed, at least not at the AHL level. He has 22 points in his first 21 games played. He's posted multi-point games on five occasions and his time on ice is always in the top three on the San Jose Barracuda. Head coach Roy Sommer has compared Heed to the Barracuda's version of Brent Burns, and his ability to hang in with the play to keep pucks out of the defensive zone is as exceptional as his skating. Writers joke that no one is sure if Heed is as good in the defensive zone because he and partner Joakim Ryan spend so little time, one cannot get enough viewing time to make an informed opinion. Heed has said that he's finding the North American game to be well suited to his playing style and he's enjoying the freedom to join the rush more than he did in the SHL. The Barracuda power play runs through him, but he's tied on the team in 5 on 5 primary points with ten as well. The Sharks are stacked on the blueline, and Heed likely would have got a look by now in many other organizations. Either way, he has to be on the short list should injuries or a trade occur. Zachary DeVine

November 2016Someone needs to let Tim Heed know that adjusting to a new ice surface, culture, team, and the continent is challenging. Already in 14 games with the Barracuda, Heed is the leading defenseman in scoring with 13 points in 14 games. His ability to get the puck on net with a hard, accurate shot has helped the net-front players on the Barracuda roster cash in some dirty goals. Heed's skating ability allows him to recover from his forays into the offensive zone, but he is not irresponsible in these adventures. Defensively his skating allows for very tight gaps, and he can stay with the speedy wingers well. At times he can have trouble on the boards with bigger players, but this is infrequent. Heed is a fluid skater and his partnership with Joakim Ryan have the two players nearly always being the top ice-time skaters in every game. Heed should officially be on call-up watch if injuries should impact the Sharks defensemen. Zachary DeVine

October 2016 – Heed is fully recovered from offseason wrist surgery that kept him away from the Sharks Development Camp this summer. Heed doesn’t have great size,