2009-10: Viktor Loov made his SuperElit league U20 debut, skating in 12 games for Sodertalje, and was a key defender on the Sodertalje U18 squad. Loov played 10 of his 12 games with Sodertalje’s U20 team in the second phase of the schedule and finished an even plus-minus with 4 assists and 8 penalty minutes. In 21 regular season games for the Sodertalje U18 team he scored 4 goals with 14 assists and was plus-20 with 32 penalty minutes. Sodertalje advanced to the playoffs and in two playoff games Loov was an even plus/minus with no points and 4 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Loov made his pro hockey debut – appearing in one game for Sodertalje during the Kvalserien playoff series – and was the second-leading scorer amongst defensemen for the Sodertalje U20 team. Loov had no points nor penalty minutes in limited action with the men’s team. Sodertalje finished third in the six-team tournament and was relegated to AllSvenskan for 2012-13. In 42 SuperElit games with Sodertalje U20 he scored 4 goals with a team-leading 19 assists and was an even plus/minus with 36 penalty minutes. Sodertalje was eliminated by Malmo in a two-game playoff series. Loov was minus-one with no points and 2 penalty minutes in the playoffs.
2011-12: Loov played in 50 games for Sodertalje in Sweden’s Allsvenskan (second division) and appeared in nine games for the club’s U20 team (including four playoff contests). He scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was minus-eight with 42 penalty minutes in men’s team play. Sodertalje finished ninth in the 14-team league; missing the playoffs. In nine games with the Sodertalje U20 team, Loov scored 2 goals (both in the playoffs) and had 3 assists with an even plus/minus and 2 penalty minutes. After finishing 10th, Sodertalje U20 defeated Brynas in the first round before falling to HV71. Loov, in his third year of draft eligibility, was selected by Toronto in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Loov played in 40 of 52 games for Sodertalje in Sweden’s Allsvenskan as a 20-year-old. He scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was -5 with 49 penalty minutes. Sodertalje finished second in Allsvenskan, earning a spot in the Kval series playoffs, but failed to gain promotion to Sweden’s SHL after finishing sixth in the six-team tournament. Loov had 3 assists and was -6 with 8 penalty minutes in 10 Kval series games. He signed a contract with MODO in April 2013 and will play in the SHL in 2013-14.
2013-14: Loov moved up to Sweden’s SHL as a 20-year-old — skating for MODO. He scored 5 goals with 7 assists and was +7 with 20 penalty minutes, averaging 16:20 minutes of ice time in 42 regular season games. MODO finished eighth in the regular season and was swept by Linkopings in a best-of-three play-in series. Loov had no points nor penalties and was -1 in the series. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs in April 2014.
2014-15: Loov skated for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in his first season in North America. He scored 6 goals with 15 assists and was +15 with 44 penalty minutes in 74 regular season games. The Marlies finished second in the North Division, falling to Grand Rapids in a first-round playoff series. Loov had 1 assist and was +1 with 12 penalty minutes in three playoff games.
2015-16: Loov made his NHL debut with Toronto in a February 18th game against the New York Rangers, skating in four games before suffering an undisclosed injury. He had 2 assists and was +4, averaging 10:27 minutes of ice time. Loov skated for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies prior to being recalled, scoring 3 goals with 12 assists and finishing +14 with 40 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games. The Marlies finished first in the North Division, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals against Hershey. Loov played in 11 playoff games and was +1 with 1 goal, 2 assists and 14 penalty minutes.
Loov is a big developing two-way defenseman from Sweden. He can chip in offensively and also plays a sound defensive game. Loov moves the puck well with strong passing and also has the ability to skate the puck out of his own zone. Not overly proficient in any one area, his combination of size, eagerness to play the body, skating mobility, and superior passing skills, make him an interesting long-term prospect to watch.
Loov made his NHL debut in 2015-16, appearing in four games with the Maple Leafs in February before suffering an undisclosed injury. A regular for the Leafs' AHL affiliate in his second pro season, he will challenge for a roster spot in training camp. More talented than many seventh-round draft picks, Loov has some potential as a puck moving, lower pairing defenseman.