The Hockey Writers Nashville Predators staff writer Colin Fitts will evaluate the performance of each player on the 2014-15 Predators roster every weekday in alphabetical order. You can follow Colin on Twitter, @FittsTHW.
Position: Left wing
Height/Weight: 5-foot-9, 172 lbs
Stat Line: 6 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PTS, 0 +/-, 0 PIMS, 3 hits, 5 blocked shots, 10:15 AVG TOI
Playoffs Stat Line: Did not play.
*Points at Home vs Away: None
*Giveaway/Takeaway Correlation: 3 giveaways, 3 takeaways
Contract Status: 2 years remaining on a 3-year entry-level contract worth $1,895,000 ($615,000 cap hit in 2014-15)
Highlight of the Year: Viktor Arvidsson made his NHL debut in a 3-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on March 21. Playing on the top line with Mike Ribeiro and Gabriel Bourque, Arvidsson was all over the ice and was awarded the third star of the game.
Strengths: Some rookies are a little shy when playing in their first few NHL games but not Arvidsson. The 22-year-old is a speedy skater not afraid to shoot the puck. In his first two games of the season, he totaled 6 shots.
Weaknesses: Obviously, Arvidsson is undersized. He is not going to be a physical player in the NHL, but his peskiness and high level skating abilities makes up for it.
What to Expect Next Season: At development camp last year, Arvidsson hoped he could make the team immediately after being drafted in June. It did not happen, but after playing six solid games for Nashville, Arvidsson is heading towards the right direction. Him making the team will be based solely on what general manager David Poile chooses to do this summer with the Predators’ free agent forwards.
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