Viktor Arvidsson played a massive role in the Nashville Predator’s success last season. The diminutive winger seriously broke out. He performed at the highest level in both the regular season and the playoffs.
The 24-year-old scored 31 goals and 30 assists through 80 regular season games. His strong play continued as he scored 3 goals and 10 assists in the Predator’s run to the Stanley Cup Final. He may be asking a lot after this breakout year, but he very well may not get it from the Predators.
Arvidsson hasn’t shown that last year was nothing but a fluke. The former fourth round draft pick hadn’t won a full-time NHL spot prior to last season, and he only ever dominated at a junior level. There are also other players that Nashville needs to focus its efforts on.
Fellow forward Ryan Johansen, a bona fide number one center, is also a restricted free agent. However, he doesn’t have arbitration rights. This means he could choose to not play next season if he doesn’t have a contract. Arvidsson can play any forward role and taking a flier on him could prove beneficial for the Rangers.