Viktor Arvidsson
Viktor Arvidsson
26-Year-Old Left WingLW
Nashville Predators
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed seven-year, $29.75 million contract with the Predators in July, 2017.
Registers helper
LWNashville Predators
November 12, 2019
Arvidsson produced an assist and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Canucks.
The Swedish winger had the secondary assist on Calle Jarnkrok's second-period tally. Arvidsson has four points in his last five games, and 13 points in 18 contests overall. He's added 41 shots on goal and continues to be one of the best scorers on a deep Predators team.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Pair of helpers in blowout loss
LWNashville Predators
November 7, 2019
Arvidsson registered two assists and three shots in a 9-4 loss to Colorado on Thursday.
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Strikes with man advantage
LWNashville Predators
November 3, 2019
Arvidsson snapped a three-game scoring drought Saturday, providing his team's only goal -- which came on the power play -- in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers.
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Delivers two points Tuesday
LWNashville Predators
October 22, 2019
Arvidsson scored a goal and added a helper in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Ducks.
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Garners apple
LWNashville Predators
October 15, 2019
Arvidsson supplied an assist and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights.
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Dishes pair of helpers
LWNashville Predators
October 10, 2019
Arvidsson had two assists and was plus-2 with one shot on goal in Thursday's 6-5 win over Washington.
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