The Nashville Predators have officially signed forward Victor Ejdsell to a two-year entry level contract. The 21-year old from Karlstad, Sweden was named the 2016-17 MVP of the Allsvenskan in Sweden’s second division.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, TN – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed free-agent forward Victor Ejdsell to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Ejdsell, 21 (6/6/95), was named Swedish second league (Allsvenskan) most valuable player and forward of the year in 2016-17 after leading the league in points (25g-32a-57pts), tying for second in assists, and for third in goals.
The 6-foot-5, 214-pound center split time with Farjestad’s junior and Swedish Hockey League clubs is 2014-15 and 2015-16, captaining the junior squad in 2014-15.
This was a rumored story for awhile. Yet, now that it’s locked in, it’s worth going back to that original report. Ejdsell apparently chose Nashville over the likes of the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.
In addition, while he did sign an entry level contract, Ejdsell signed with HV71 who play in the top flight of the Swedish Hockey League. It is possible that Ejdsell could join HV71 and move to the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL mid-season much the same way that Kevin Fiala did in the 2014-15 season. That said, Ejdsell is older than Fiala right now and could well make the full leap to North America now. Perhaps one extra season tested in the SHL could prove to be beneficial before making that commitment.
Ejdsell will only add to the center depth that the Predators are building. He is a -big- Swede standing at 6’5″ and has some pace to go with his size. In his 2016-17 season played with BIK Karlskoga he produced 57 points (25 goals, 32 assists) in 50 games. It was the first true season in which he wasn’t bouncing around junior academy programs and settling in with a senior team. I believe the results and MVP distinction say enough about how he adapted.
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