Forward Viktor Arvidsson signed an entry-level deal with the Nashville Predators today, a few weeks after being drafted in the fourth round by the club.
The 21-year-old is coming off an impressive performance in Nashville’s development camp this past week, and will now likely make his debut in North America later this year. Arvidsson, a 2014 draft pick, should spend this next season with the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League and attempt to transition to a style of play different from the larger rinks found in Europe.
Hockey’s Future compliments Arvidsson’s speed and creativity:
Viktor Arvidsson has been overlooked in past years due to his size but his skill level, scoring instincts and determination compares favorably with other prospects. His creativity and speed have allowed him to put up points consistently while at the same time he is a responsible player in his own end of the ice.
Below is the Predators official press release:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the Predators have signed 2014 fourth-round selection Viktor Arvidsson to a three-year entry-level contract.
Arvidsson, 21 (4/8/93), ranked ninth in the Swedish Hockey League in points (16g-24a-40pts) during the 2013-14 season, then helped Skelleftea (along with newly signed Predator Johan Alm) win its second consecutive SHL title by tying for second in assists (12) and ranking third in points (16) during the postseason. During the title-winning season of 2012-13, the 5-9, 172-pound winger was named Swedish junior player of the year and a finalist for the SHL rookie of the year award, in addition to tying for fourth in playoff goals (6).
A native of Skelleftea, Arvidsson tied for eighth in goals (4) at the 2013 World Junior Championship, helping Sweden to a silver medal, and also earned silver at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship. He was a teammate of Predators prospect Filip Forsberg on both silver-medal squads, in addition to playing with prospects Pontus Aberg and Max Gortz at the 2009 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.