Viktor Arvidsson
Viktor Arvidsson
28-Year-Old Left WingLW
Nashville Predators
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Arvidsson was limited to just 57 games last season due to a lower-body injury, but that wasn't the only problem with the 27-year-old winger, as his production also absolutely plummeted, finishing the campaign with just 15 goals and 13 assists one year after racking up 34 goals and 14 apples in 58 contests. Arvidsson also registered his lowest average ice time (16:12) since 2016-17, indicating the Predators' coaching staff simply isn't interested in keeping him on the ice when he isn't putting the puck in the net. Arvidsson's still expected to skate in a top-six role while seeing time on Nashville's top power-play unit in 2020-21, but at this point he's to risky to trust with anything more than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed seven-year, $29.75 million contract with the Predators in July of 2017.
Will be ready for next year
LWNashville Predators
June 3, 2021
Arvidsson (upper body) is dealing with a relatively minor injury and will be ready for the start of the 2021-22 campaign, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Arvidsson likely would have missed the second round of the postseason due to his upper-body issue but should have plenty of time to prepare for the upcoming season. It was the second straight season in which the 28-year-old winger failed to reach the 30-point mark, in part due to the shortened campaign. With an 82-game season, Arvidsson should be capable of pushing for the 30-goal and 60-point thresholds, levels he has achieved twice in his career.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:36
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:10
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
19:09
2:55
1:17
2019–20
16:12
2:28
0:35
2020–21
16:36
2:10
0:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Arvidsson continued to flourish on the Predators' top line in 2018-19, posting a career-high 34 goals. He only registered 14 assists -- his lowest output in that category since 2015-16 -- but he reached 48 points in just 58 games, which represented the highest point-per-game average of his career. The Swedish winger reached new heights in the goal-scoring department behind a career-high 17.4 shooting percentage, but he also averaged a career-best 3.36 shots per contest. Even if his shooting percentage regresses a bit in 2019-20, Arvidsson should be good for 30-plus goals, 60-plus points and 240-plus shots if he's able to avoid the injury bug.
In 2017-18, Arvidsson delivered his second consecutive 61-point season with 29 goals and 32 assists, cementing himself as the Preds' No. 1 right winger. For fantasy purposes, Arvidsson is about as consistent a scorer as you can get. Playing on the top line with Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg – not to mention one of the league's best defensive corps behind him – the Preds have surrounded him with loads of elite-level talent, allowing him to maximize his offensive skills. At 25 years old, Arvidsson is now entering his prime years, which gives him plenty of upside – likely in the 70-75 point range. He is also signed through 2024, which means he's not going anywhere anytime soon. Overall, Arvidsson makes for a good mid-round selection in most fantasy drafts.
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.
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Set to miss Thursday's clash
LWNashville Predators
Upper Body
May 27, 2021
Arvidsson (upper body) is slated to miss Thursday's Game 6 against Carolina.
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Out again for Game 5
LWNashville Predators
Upper Body
May 25, 2021
Arvidsson (upper body) isn't in the lineup Tuesday against the Hurricanes in Game 5, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
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Out for Game 4
LWNashville Predators
Upper Body
May 23, 2021
Arvidsson (upper body) isn't in the lineup for Sunday's Game 4 against the Hurricanes, Thomas Willis of Predators Radio reports.
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Not playing Friday
LWNashville Predators
Upper Body
May 21, 2021
Arvidsson (upper body) will not be available for Friday's Game 3 tilt with the Hurricanes.
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Quiet in return
LWNashville Predators
May 17, 2021
Arvidsson (undisclosed) posted a shot on goal and a blocked shot in 16:48 of ice time in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 1.
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