Viktor Svedberg
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Viktor Svedberg

Hometown:

Goteborg Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-05-24

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-8

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

234 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Viktor Svedberg played for Rogle’s J18 and J20 squads.  In 11 games for the J18 Elit team, Svedberg picked up 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points.  he added 24 penalty minutes to his offensive totals.  In 20 games for the J20 SuperElit squad, Svedberg scored 5 goals and added 11 assists for 16 points.  he also racked up 79 penalty minutes.

2009-10: Svedberg went from Rogle to Frolunda in Sweden; skating for the club’s U20 team. In 40 regular season games he scored 4 goals with 10 assists and 85 penalty minutes. Svedberg was ranked 65th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2010 NHL Draft but was not selected.

2010-11: Svedberg made his pro debut in Sweden’s Elitserien — skating in nine games for the Frolunda men’s team — and was an assistant captain for the Frolunda U20 team. He had no points nor penalties in Elitserien play. Svedberg scored 5 goals with 17 assists and 73 penalty minutes in 41 SuperElit regular season games and had 1 assist with 10 penalty minutes in seven playoff games.

2011-12: Svedberg played 55 regular season games and six playoff contests for Frolunda in his first Elitserien season. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was minus-2 with 20 penalty minutes during the regular season. He was minus-1 with no points nor penalty minutes in six playoff games. Frolunda finished fifth in the regular season and lost to third-place Brynas in a quarterfinal series. Svedberg played six games for the Frolunda U20 team; scoring 1 goal with 2 assists and finishing plus-4 with 4 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Svedberg skated in 51 of 55 regular season games for Frolunda in his second season — seeing limited ice time in a lower pairing role for the Indians. He had 2 assists and was minus-3 with 24 penalty minutes; averaging nine minutes of ice time per game. Frolunda finished sixth in the regular season and lost to fourth-place Lulea in a first round playoff series. Svedberg was minus-1 with no points and 4 penalty minutes, averaging 4:42 minutes of ice time, in six playoff games. In May 2013 he signed an AHL contract with Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford for the 2013-14 and was invited to the Blackhawks 2014 training camp.

2013-14: Svedberg went to training camp with Chicago before being released by the Blackhawks and joining the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. After skating in nine AHL games with Rockford he was signed by the Blackhawks to a two-year entry-level NHL contract in October 2013. Svedberg appeared in 35 games for the IceHogs in his first season in North America — missing time in December due to a knee injury and then suffering his second shoulder injury of the season in February; with the latter injury requiring season-ending surgery. He scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was plus-5 with 26 penalty minutes. Rockford missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.

2014-15: Svedberg skated for Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford in his second season in North America. Limited to 49 regular season games after suffering a lower-body injury at the end of January that kept him out for nearly two months, he scored 3 goals with 11 assists and was +14 with 41 penalty minutes. The IceHogs finished second in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the AHL playoffs. Svedberg was +4 with 4 assists and 8 penalty minutes in eight playoff games. He was re-signed by Chicago to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in August 2015.

Talent Analysis

Svedberg is a giant of a defenseman who is a two-way player capable of impacting a game in many ways. He can deliver big checks and use his size to clear the crease but has significant mobility for a player of his size. An offensively prolific junior player, Svedberg has settled into more of a defensive-minded role at the professional level but can move the puck out of his zone to start the attack and put the puck on net in the offensive end.

Future

Svedberg made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks in an October 9th game against the Islanders after being recalled from Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford. With the depth in the Blackhawks' system, he could shuttle between the NHL and AHL during the 2015-16 season but could receive significant ice time while Michal Roszival remains out with an ankle injury. Svedberg's size and ability to play myriad roles make him ideal for that call-up role. Long-term he projects as a stay-at-home, lower pairing defender capable of moving the puck to make a play.

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