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 Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

A right-handed shot, Crus Rydberg has had a bit of a tough season after having been considered one of the most talented players in his age group in the entire nation several years ago. Hunted by many programs, he landed in Linkoping, where he’s developed slowly, but surely. His skill set is however a complete one. He can skate, shoot, and pass with the best of them. He has a very strong lower body and can protect the puck very well while also being difficult to knock over. Still, his production has been good, but below expectations. Still working on proving that he has that toolbox for all those tools. Just an average-sized player who still shows signs of growing. Has seen several other prospects surpass him right there in Linkoping, including the first 2014 draft-eligible Czech import Jakub Vrana. Could live up to his skill set at any time and will be watched closely, likely as an NHL draft pick, over the next couple of years.

 

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