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Victor Ejdsell (born 6 June 1995) is a Swedish professional ice hockey forward currently playing under contract for Färjestad BK in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Ejdsell has formerly played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Victor Ejdsell
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Born (1995-06-06) 6 June 1995 (age 24)
Karlstad, Sweden
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Färjestad BK
HV71
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2014–present

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Playing careerEdit

Ejdsell played as a youth with Vikings HC in the lower Swedish divisions before joining the junior ranks of Färjestad BK. Undrafted, Ejdsell made his Swedish Hockey League debut playing with Färjestad BK during the 2014–15 SHL season.[1]

After three seasons within Färjestad BK, and in need of an increased role, Ejdsell left the SHL in signing a one-year contract in the Allsvenskan with BIK Karlskoga on April 29, 2016.[2] In the 2016–17 season, Ejdsell broke out offensively leading the club with 57 points in just 50 games to be amongst the league leaders.

On 5 May 2017, NBC Sports reported that Ejdsell signed an entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators of the NHL, after being pursued by several other NHL franchises such as the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks.[3] Before official confirmation, Ejdsell made clear his intentions to continue his development in Sweden by agreeing to a two-year contract with newly crowned champions, HV71 of the SHL on 10 May 2017.[4] The Predators later revealed that Ejdsell signed a two-year, entry-level deal on 15 May 2017.[5] On 26 February 2018, the Predators traded Ejdsell along with first-round and fourth-round picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Ryan Hartman and a fifth-round pick in 2018.[6]

Upon completion of the 2017–18 season, having led HV71 with 20 goals and scoring 34 points in 50 games, Ejdsell was reassigned by the Blackhawks to join AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs on 21 March 2018.[7] He was recalled to the NHL a few days later on 25 March 2018.[8] Ejdsell made his NHL debut the next day in a game against the San Jose Sharks.[9] He recorded his first NHL assist on 29 March 2018 in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.[10] He made 6 regular season appearances with the Blackhawks before he was returned to the IceHogs for their extended playoff run.

In the following 2018–19 season, Ejdsell continued to play with the Rockford IceHogs. Unable to earn a recall to the NHL, Ejdsell failed to make the desired impact with the IceHogs posting 12 goals and 29 points in 61 games. As an impending restricted free agent, Ejdsell opted to return to Sweden to continue his career, reuniting with original club on a two-year contract with Färjestad BK of the SHL, on May 9, 2019.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Viking HC Div.2 24 7 3 10 8
2011–12 Viking HC Div.3 16 28 22 50 8 3 2 4 6 2
2012–13 Viking HC Div.3 13 17 17 34 8
2012–13 Sunne IK Div.2 32 23 36 59 18 2 1 2 3 4
2013–14 Färjestad BK J20 37 17 11 28 36 6 2 2 4 2
2014–15 Färjestad BK J20 37 18 21 39 30 6 2 3 5 8
2014–15 Färjestad BK SHL 12 1 0 1 0
2015–16 Färjestad BK J20 8 5 9 14 4
2015–16 Färjestad BK SHL 9 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Timrå IK Allsv 20 4 8 12 6 5 0 1 1 6
2016–17 BIK Karlskoga Allsv 50 25 32 57 34 10 4 3 7 8
2017–18 HV71 SHL 50 20 14 34 32 2 0 0 0 2
2017–18 Rockford IceHogs AHL 5 0 1 1 0 13 7 5 12 2
2017–18 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 6 0 1 1 2
2018–19 Rockford IceHogs AHL 61 12 17 29 24
SHL totals 71 22 14 36 32 4 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 6 0 1 1 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ejdsell tastes first SHL action". Färjestad BK. April 5, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "Victor Ejdsell recruited from Farjestad" (in Swedish). BIK Karlskoga. April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "Report: Preds land coveted Swedish center Ejdsell". NBC Sports. May 8, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "Forward trio to HV71" (in Swedish). HV71. May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "Predators sign Ejdsell to entry-level contract". Nashville Predators. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "Blackhawks acquire draft picks and Ejdsell from Nashville". NHL.com. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Victor Ejdsell assigned to IceHogs by Blackhawks". Rockford IceHogs. March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Blackhawks recall Ejdsell". NHL.com. March 25, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  9. ^ Roumeliotis, Charlie (March 26, 2018). "Sharks at Blackhawks preview". NHL.com. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Winnipeg Jets vs Chicago Blackhawks gamecenter". nhl.com. March 29, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  11. ^ "Victor Ejdsell comes home!" (in Swedish). Färjestad BK. May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 9, 2019.

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