Viktor Crus Rydberg
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Viktor Crus Rydberg


Växjö Sweden

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5th round (136th overall), 2013


187 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2009-10: Victor Crus Rydberg played for the Tingsryds AIF’s U18 team as a 14-year-old, appearing in two games with the club’s U20 team, and played for Smaland 1 in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players in Sweden. He had no points nor penalty minutes in his brief stint with the U20 team. In 15 games for Tingsryds he scored 12 goals with 7 assists and had 12 penalty minutes. In eight TV-Pucken games he scored 12 goals with 7 assists.

2010-11: Crus Rydberg split the season between the Tingsryds AIF U20 and U18 teams and played in five games for Sweden’s U16 team. In 30 SuperElit league games at the U20 level he scored 6 goals with 9 assists and was -15 with 8 penalty minutes. After finishing last in the 10-team South Division, Tingsryd AIF was fourth in the six-team relegation series to remain in the top league. Crus Rydberg played in 14 games for the club’s U18 team, including three playoff games, and scored 2 goals with 14 assists. Playing for Smaland 1 in his second TV-Pucken tournament he scored 5 goals with 15 assists in eight games.

2011-12: Crus Rydberg moved from Tingsryds AIF to traditional power Linkopings – spending most of the season with the club’s U18 team. He had 2 assists and was -6 with 6 penalty minutes in 10 games with Linkoping’s U20 team which finished seventh in the regular season but captured the playoff championship. Crus Rydberg did not appear in any U20 playoff games. He was dominant against players his own age with the Linkoping U18 team. Crus Rydberg scored 17 goals with 20 assists in 30 games and was +28 with 26 penalty minutes. In three playoff games he was +2 and scored 1 goal with 2 assists.

2012-13: Getting in one game with Linkoping’s men’s team in the SEL, Crus Rydberg spent the majority of the season playing for the club’s U20 team. He collected 12 goals with 23 assists, 28 penalty minutes and a +10 rating in 35 regular season games. He had 2 goals and a -1 rating in four playoff games. Crus Rydberg played six games with the organization’s U18 program, putting up 4 goals, 2 assists, 4 penalty minutes and a +2 rating. He was scoreless in two playoff games and registered a -3 rating. Crus Rydberg made a total of 14 appearances for the nation’s U18 program, collecting five goals, 6 assists, 10 penalty minutes and a +2 rating. At the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship tournament in Sochi, Russia he missed two games after being subjected to a brutal check, and had 1assist with 8 penalty minutes, finishing -1, in four games. Sweden finished fifth in the tournament. Crus Rydberg was ranked 14th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by the Islanders in the fifth round (136th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Crus Rydberg made his debut in North American pro hockey with Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport — skating in seven late season games with the Sound Tigers following his first season in the OHL with Plymouth. He had no points nor penalties and was minus-2 while skating for Bridgeport. Crus Rydberg scored 12 goals with 25 assists and was minus-22 with 20 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games for Plymouth. The Whalers finished fourth in the West Division and lost to eventual OHL champion Guelph in the first round of the playoffs.Crus Rydberg scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-6 with 6 penalty minutes in five playoff games. 

2014-15: Crus Rydberg skated in 55 regular season games for the Plymouth Whalers in his second OHL season. He scored 15 goals with 30 assists and was -9 with 34 penalty minutes. The Whalers finished fourth in the West Division, missing the OHL playoffs. Crus Rydberg did not sign a contract with the Islanders, becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Talent Analysis

Crus Rydberg is a playmaker who has good hockey sense. He has good vision and is a creative stick-handler. He struggles with his consistency at times and is not a natural goal scorer. A right-handed shot, he had a tough season in his native Sweden in his draft year (2011-12), slipping to the fifth round in that year's NHL Draft. Crus Rydberg showed flashes of his potential both for Plymouth and briefly in the AHL in 2013-14. He can skate, shoot, and pass and has a strong lower body; protecting the puck and maintaining his balance. His production has been below expectations given his set of skills and his future potential is unclear at this point.


Crus Rydberg was not signed to a contract by the Islanders and is back in Sweden where he will begin his pro career with HC Vita Hasten in Allsvenskan in 2015-16. His technical skill set and skating ability suggest he has potential as a second or third line forward at the NHL level one day. His production and tactical game to this point have not yet matched the levels of which those talents suggest he is capable.

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