Viktor Crus Rydberg
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Viktor Crus Rydberg

Hometown:

Växjö Sweden

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-03-21

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (136th overall), 2013

Weight:

187 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

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. 

Talent Analysis

A right-handed shot, Crus Rydberg had a bit of a tough season in his native Sweden in his draft year, slipping to the fifth round in 2013. He moved to North America to play in the OHL the following season after being selected by the Islanders. Crus Rydberg has a considerable skill set and showed flashes of his potential both for Plymouth and in a brief late season stint in the AHL. He can skate, shoot, and pass with the best of them. Crus Rydberg has a very strong lower body and can protect the puck and maintain his balance. His production has been below expectations given his set of skills. He is an average-sized player who still shows signs of growing. Crus Rydberg is still relatively young and could live up to his skill set at any time.

Future

Crus Rydberg attended training camp with the Islanders before returning to Plymouth for his second OHL season in 2014-15. With third-year OHL forward Matthew Mistele (LAK) off to a torrid start and Columbus prospect Sonny Milano now in his first season the Whalers have had no problem putting pucks in the net. Crus Rydberg has been part of that offensive output but unfortunately for Plymouth the Whalers have had trouble keeping opponents from scoring. Yet to sign an entry-level NHL contract with New York, Crus Rydberg must be signed before June 2015 or would re-enter the NHL Draft. If he can demonstrate that he can be a strong two-way forward then he might earn that contract in an organization that is suddenly rich in forward prospects.

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