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04-21-2008, 07:33 AM
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(rumor) preds negociate with linus videll

i'm sorry if this is already posted elsewhere on your board. i didn't found anything about it though.

linus videll is rumored to sign with the preds.
http://www.dn.se/DNet/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=672&a=762264
my swedish isn't that good, but it basically says that the preds are interested and some officials of your franchise are currently in the czech republic to watch the Ceska Pojistovna Cup.
videll is part of the swedish national team.

i think it's a safe bet that videll will sign with a NHL team this summer, because he has been great. but so far there were no teams mentioned. so the preds are the 1st team mentioned to negociate with him. there were some lose rumors about the wings being interested too, but nothing be to sure about it.

for those who do not know videll:
http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=604

had his breakout season in the elitserien, made his national team debut and had a good chance on making the WC roster.

so it's just a rumor at the moment, but if you guys could sign him, it would be a good deal.

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It'd be pretty neat to have him and HŲrnqvist...

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this kid is big ... 6-3 ... 212 lbs ... he better learn to use that body ala Bertuzzi

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this kid is big ... 6-3 ... 212 lbs ... he better learn to use that body ala Bertuzzi
He's 6'4 225 in fact.

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this kid is big ... 6-3 ... 212 lbs ... he better learn to use that body ala Bertuzzi
Come on...the guy is Swedish...Holmstrom and Franzen are better comparables!!!

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He's 6'4 225 in fact.
OK, even better. How is his skating? Does he play physical in the battle zones (front of the net, corners, along the boards) for his size? What are his strengths and weaknesses?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Talent Analysis from 2003 Draft Year...

Scouts love size and Videll sure has it. With his 6-3 and 216 lb frame he is the largest draft eligible Swede this year. Being of such a large stature Videllís skating is far from excellent. He is not a terrible skater by any means and his mobility is still pretty good, but he needs to work on his acceleration. Luckily Videll brings a lot to the table that makes up for his lesser skating skills; such as a fine scoring touch, good puckhandling skills and a great reach.
He has the ability to find the open spots in front of the net and has a good shot.

Looking at Videllís physical game he plays an aggressive and in-your-face type of hockey and with a lot of work he might become a strong power forward in the future. Seeing as Videll has such a big advantage in size he could use his body to an even greater extent and hit even more.
Overall he has the attributes and the talent to become a fine player in the future and if he becomes more consistent as well as improve the above mentioned elements we will hear a lot from this young player in the future.

Draft Projection
Videllís size and his potential to become a power forward has made him a very popular player among the scouts. While there are likely players with more upside and more pure skill, this huge winger has what it takes to become an offensive force in the future and therefore he should be gone by the third or possibly the fourth round.
http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article..._linus_videll/

This is 5 years old, but gives us an idea of where he was and what he was looking to develop. If any of our Swedish posting friends could give us an update on his progress since this write up we'd be very grateful.

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http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article..._linus_videll/

This is 5 years old, but gives us an idea of where he was and what he was looking to develop. If any of our Swedish posting friends could give us an update on his progress since this write up we'd be very grateful.
On the other hand, his "Draft Projection" was 3rd-4th round, and he went in the 7th. Kind of indicates what most scouts thought of him...

However, I could see the Preds being seriously interested if he is willing to play in Milwaukee if he doesn't make the NHL. This year has been a breakout season for him (53GP 13G 13A), but the real question should be is it an aberration, or is he just a late bloomer?

I do wonder though, how aggressive can a guy be when he only racks up 6PIM in 53 games?

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We need to take chances on guys like this. Not being able to call up anyone to help us in the playoffs when our forwards were clearly hurting.....well that ISN'T a good thing.

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Isn't he still Colorado's property?

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Isn't he still Colorado's property?
Nope. His rights expired without signing a contract, so he's a UFA. However, if he signs a contract with someone they will have his RFA rights when the contract expires.

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i have watched him only 4 times this season or so, so i might not be the best source.
he's not a monster and he isn't gritty at all. but he uses his size cover the puck and himself. it isn't easy to push him around. so he would definately survive in the NHL, but he wouldn't start any trouble.
he's a great scorer. he knows how to put the puck past the goalie. his skating is just average though, especially his acceleration. but it should be good enough for the NHL.

he's a late bloomer. when he was drafted many called him a darkhorse. it looks like they were right, but it took longer. he's still not fully developed, so he should become a bit better than he already is.
i don't know if he's willing to play AHL, but i guess he might be willing.

in MY opinion he's a better player than the overhyped brunnstrom, but i think many might disagree here. so take it as my opinion only.

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Colorado drafted Videll in the 7th round (204th overall) in the 2003 draft. On March 11th, 2003, Nashville traded their 7th round pick (you guessed it, 204th overall) to the Avs for Alexander Riazantsev. So Videll was drafted with our pick. Itís interesting how things work out sometimes.

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Colorado drafted Videll in the 7th round (204th overall) in the 2003 draft. On March 11th, 2003, Nashville traded their 7th round pick (you guessed it, 204th overall) to the Avs for Alexander Riazantsev. So Videll was drafted with our pick. Itís interesting how things work out sometimes.
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Videll is strong and carries the puck well, but he is not a bone crusher for sure. Though he can throw a check, I remember I've seen a game when Videll was playing with national junior team on a line with Carl Soderberg(6'3 210 lbs) and David Fredriksson(6'4 227 lbs) and they were pretty physical.

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If he doesnt skate, he doesnt fit the Preds mold.

not that the mold shouldnt be tinkered with a bit...

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I don't know, Hartnell and Hall were both pretty bad skaters, Radulov isn't the most gracefull either.

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If he doesnt skate, he doesnt fit the Preds mold.

not that the mold shouldnt be tinkered with a bit...
Radulov?


edit: too slow


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Radulov?


edit: too slow
you have to admit, he has VASTLY improved

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you have to admit, he has VASTLY improved
I still laugh every time I watch him move on the ice. I love the spinning check thing he does along the boards

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I still laugh every time I watch him move on the ice. I love the spinning check thing he does along the boards
He reminds me of Road Runner right before he takes off- he looks like he's moving so fast but he's going nowhere.

Any updates on the alleged negotiations between the Preds and Videll?

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I don't know, Hartnell and Hall were both pretty bad skaters, Radulov isn't the most gracefull either.
Hartnell was a bad skater? That's news to me. He was as graceful as a deer prancing across a sheet of ice. And he stayed upright about as effectively.

His skating reminds me of a mix of a young boxer pup, hard wood flooring, and a knock on the door.

I think you just view Hartnell in the wrong light. He's an incredible skater compared to most of the population. You just think he's bad because you compare him to other NHLers.

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you have to admit, he has VASTLY improved
And yet it still is holding him back. His skating will keep him from ever being a top line player imo.

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And yet it still is holding him back. His skating will keep him from ever being a top line player imo.
Right. Even though he played on our top line for half the season, only his second professional season...

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I could list a ton of top line players that skate as bad as Radulov, even a few HOFers

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