2009-10: Anton Cederholm played youth hockey for the Jonstorps club in southwest Sweden – playing in three U20 games as a 15-year-old and skating for the club’s U18 team. He had no points with four penalty minutes with Jonstorps U20 in the Division 1 league. In 12 games with Jonstorps U18 team he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and had 14 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Cederholm went from Jonstorps to the larger Rogle club in Angleholm — playing for the club’s U20, U18 and U16 teams and skating in six international contests with Sweden’s U17 squad. He had no points nor penalty minutes in two U20 SuperElit league games. Cederholm scored 4 goals with 8 assists and had 18 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Rogle U18 team and had 1 assist with 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games. In six games with Sweden’s U17 squad he had no points and 6 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Cederholm played 41 games for Rogle BK’s U20 team in his second season with the club and represented Sweden in the 2011 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was +10 with 71 penalty minutes as Rogle finished eighth in the SuperElit league. Cederholm had no points and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and in six games at the WHC he was scoreless with 4 penalty minutes. Cederholm also played for the Rogle U18 team — scoring 1 goal with 3 assists and finishing +9 with 45 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Cederholm made his debut in Sweden’s Elitserien as a 17-year-old — skating in 12 games for Rogle — and skated for Sweden’s U18 team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament. He had no points with 6 penalty minutes and was -1; averaging nine minutes of ice time per game. Rogle finished last in the Elitserien — winning 15 of 55 games — and was relegated to Allsvenskan after finishing fifth in the six-team Kval series. Cederholm played 38 games for Rogle’s U20 team, including two playoff games, scoring 5 goals with 8 assists, and was +25 with 64 penalty minutes. In 11 games with Rogle’s U18 team he had 2 assists and was +4 with 16 penalty minutes. In the pre-season Ivan Hlinka Tournament he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes. Ranked 25th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft, he was selected by Vancouver in the fifth round (145th overall). Cederholm was selected by Portland in the first round (60th overall) of the 2013 CHL Import Draft and will play for the Winterhawks in 2013-14.
2013-14: Cederholm skated for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks in his first season in North America. He scored 4 goals with 12 assists and was +42 with 95 penalty minutes in 71 regular season games. Portland finished first in the U.S. Division and reached the WHL finals against Memorial Cup champion Edmonton. Cederholm scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +4 with 16 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Vancouver in May 2014.
Cederholm is a big, mobile defenseman with solid defensive skills and an edge to his game. He is a shutdown specialist and excels at staying with his man and positioning himself to best stay with his check. He will not put up monstrous offensive numbers but can start the transition with an accurate first pass out of the defensive zone.
Cederholm attended training camp with the Canucks before being returned to Portland at the start of the 2014-15 season. He continues to be a physical defensive presence in a Winterhawks' lineup with several high profile offensive forwards. There are still some rough edges to his game — and Cederholm will likely have to add strength and constantly work to improve his agility — but his play to this point suggests he can be a consistent shutdown force on the back end and effective penalty killing defender at the NHL level one day.