Nashville has had a very good core of prospects/NHL players that came out of Sweden over the past few seasons. Filip Forsberg being one of them after fleecing Washington by acquiring Forsberg in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta, who are no longer with Washington. Calle Jarnkrok who has what could possibly be one of the best contracts in the NHL making $2 million for the next five and a half years as a 3rd line center. He was acquired from Detroit in exchange for David Legwand. Mattias Ekholm has been an excellent top 4 defender for Nashville while being selected in the 4th round of the 2009 draft. Pontus Aberg has been a decent AHL scorer while getting a small taste of the NHL, he was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft. But Viktor Arvidsson is a guy no one seems to know about or how good he could be.
Arvidsson was selected in the 4th round in 2014 after a 40 point season in the SHL with Skelleftea as a 19 year old. Why was this guy available so late in the draft? Arvidsson ins very small at 5’9″ and weighs in at 181 pounds. “A smallish winger with good speed and impressive technical skills. Really noticeable on the ice with his creativity. Has a fine shot and potential to become a high scoring player. Works pretty hard too and does not ignore his defensive responsibilities. Scores big/important goals.” Describes Arvidsson according to eliteprospects.com. Arvidsson scored 55 points in the 2014/2015 season as an AHL rookie with Milwaukee. Watching him play first hand, he looks like he has the stuff to be a top scorer in the NHL. Arvidsson is yet another small player looking to prove that there is a place for guys that are undersized in the NHL and they can be excellent contributors.
He has an excellent ability to get around defenders on his own and to finish in alone on the goalie. He also is an excellent powerplay weapon from the left side of the ice being able to finish on one-timers. He has fit right in on Nashville’s top line with Forsberg and Johansen having 11 goals and 29 points in 46 games.
Teams should be eyeing up the potential of this kid entering the expansion draft as Nashville is headed for some tough decisions. He is also entering an RFA year which could earn him a nice payday if he stays on this pace, he could be a 30 goal scorer and a 60+ point guy.