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Viktor Arvidsson 2018–19 NHL Game Log
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Arvidsson was unquestionably the Predators’ breakout star last season, tying Ryan Johansen for the lead in team scoring with 61 points (31 goals, 30 assists) following a 16-point rookie season. The winger wasn't quite as productive in the playoffs, contributing 13 points in 22 playoff, but he and the Preds still made it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history. An undersized forward at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, Arvidsson can pass and finish with equal proficiency, and while he obviously doesn't play a physical game, his elusiveness and voluminous shooting are reminiscent of former NHL star Martin St. Louis. Arvidsson’s performance earned him a long-term deal, as he inked a seven-year, $29.75 million contract in July. Looking ahead, the 24-year-old Swede is expected to open the upcoming season once again on the Preds’ top line alongside Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg. That should allow him plenty of opportunities to take a run at repeating last year’s success, and an improvement in power-play productivity (just nine points despite exactly two minutes of average ice time last year) could boost his fantasy value to the next level.
A fairly prolific scorer in the minors, Arvidsson spent 56 games with the Preds in 2015-16 after skating just six games the season before. He didn’t really start seeing full-time minutes until December, when the Preds called him up from AHL Milwaukee due to a lower-body injury to Gabriel Bourque, but he became a lineup regular down the stretch, albeit typically in a bottom-six role. The undersized Swede didn’t set any hearts racing with eight goals (three of which were game-winners) and 16 points, but his non-premier line assignment and lack of power-play time are mitigating factors. Arvidsson enters this season with a projected spot on the Preds’ third line, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the 23-year-old elevate his game in his second full season and maybe even pry some top-six minutes from disappointing second-liner Craig Smith.
After scoring 40 points in 50 games with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League two seasons ago, Arvidsson made the successful jump to the AHL last season, leading Milwaukee with 55 points in 70 games. Given his proven offensive ability, the Preds will probably give Arvidsson a long look in training camp this year. If he can secure himself a roster spot, Arvidsson could flourish under coach Peter Laviolette's up-tempo, attacking system and provide the team some scoring depth. In deeper fantasy formats, Arvidsson is one player to keep an eye on.