Viktor Arvidsson

Hometown:

Kusmark Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-04-08

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

4th round (112th overall), 2014

Weight:

172 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Viktor Arvidsson played in 19 games, including five playoff contests, for the silver medal-winning Skelleftea U18 team as a 15-year-old and played internationally for the Sweden U16 team. He scored 7 goals with 7 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 14 regular season games and scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes in five playoff games for Skelleftea. In three games with the Sweden U16 team he scored 2 goals with 2 assists.

2009-10: Arvidsson skated in four games with the Skelleftea U20 team and was one of the top rookies in the Sweden U18 league. He also played for the bronze medal Sweden U17 team at the 2010 World Hockey Challenge. He played in two regular season games and two playoff contests in the U20 SuperElit league; scoring 1 goal with 1 assist. Arvidsson scored 52 goals with 48 assists and 60 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games for the Skelleftea U18 team and scored 1 goal with 1 assist in three playoff games. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in six games at the World Hockey Challenge.

2010-11: Arvidsson made his debut in the Sweden Elitserien, playing three games for Skelleftea, and was one of the top scorers for the club’s U20 team. He played for Sweden in the U18 World Championship and joined the Skelleftea U18 team for its run to the playoff final. Arvidsson had no points or penalties in the Elitserien in limited ice time. He scored 15 goals with 19 assists and 51 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games and scored 3 goals with 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes in five games in the SuperElit playoffs for second-place Skelleftea. Arvidsson scored 7 goals with 7 assists in four games for the Skelleftea U18 during the regular season and scored 4 goals with 6 assists and 4 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. In five games for Sweden at the U18 World Championship he was minus-1 with 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes. Arvidsson was ranked 20th amongst international skaters in the final Central Scouting rankings but was not selected in the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Arvidsson dressed for four Elitserien games — with no points nor penalties in limited ice time — and was one of the top scorers for the Skelleftea U20 team. He skated for the Sweden U19 team in international play. Arvidsson scored 25 goals with 17 assists and was +3 with 18 penalty minutes in 43 SuperElite regular season games for Skelleftea and was minus-1 with no points nor penalties in three playoff games. In six games for the Sweden U19 team he scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Arvidsson was one of the top rookies in the Elitserien playing for league champion Skelleftea and won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2013 World Junior Championship. He scored 7 goals with 5 assists and was an even plus/minus with 12 penalty minutes in 49 regular season games; averaging 11 minutes of ice time. Arvidsson played in all 13 playoff games and scored six goals, sharing the team lead with Petter Emanuelsson. He had 2 assists while finishing +6 with 2 penalty minutes. In six games with the Sweden U20 team he scored 4 goals with 1 assist and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes. Ranked 19th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings in his third year of draft eligibility he was not selected in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Arvidsson was the third-leading scorer for Skelleftea during the regular season and had 16 points in 14 playoff games as the club won its second straight championship in the re-christened SHL. He scored 16 goals with 24 assists and was +4 with 59 penalty minutes in 50 regular season games. Arvidsson scored 4 goals with 12 assists and was +5 with 4 penalty minutes in the SHL playoffs. He made his first appearance with the Sweden National team at the Czech Hockey Tournament in August and was minus-one with no points nor penalties in three games. The oldest player selected in the 2014 NHL Draft, Arvidsson was chosen by Nashville in the fourth round (112th overall).

2014-15: Arvidsson made a smooth transition from Sweden to North America — leading Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee in assists (33) and points (55) as a 21-year-old rookie and earning a late season call-up with the Predators. Making his NHL debut in a March 21st game against Buffalo, he had an even plus/minus with no points nor penalties while averaging 10:15 minutes of ice time in six games with Nashville. Arvidsson scored 22 goals with 33 assists and was +1 with 43 penalty minutes in 70 AHL games. The Admirals missed the playoffs, finishing fifth in the Midwest Division. 

Talent Analysis

Arvidsson, overlooked coming out of junior hockey due to his size, is a highly-skilled forward whose 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.

Future

Arvidsson will challenge for a spot with the Predators in training camp after leading Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee in scoring last season. Arvidsson's skill set and playmaking ability fits in well with the style the Predators like to play but the team's depth may force him to start the 2015-16 season with the AHL's Admirals. Having proven capable of being successful at that level despite his lack of stature, Arvidsson appears close to getting that same opportunity in the NHL. Should that not be the case he could wind up having a long career and putting up big numbers at the minor pro level, in the KHL or in another European league.

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