nice hands, no way he is gonna get that kind of space to work with over here, but I hope he can adjust
Looks to have the skill level and mind necessary to adjust to the smaller ice surface without too much difficulty. It will definitely be an adjustment with the smaller rink and bigger, stronger, faster players within, but I have confidence that Videll will overcome those obstacles relatively quickly to become an effective NHL player.
If you watch his dekes, commonly he is going around players and using his speed to burst to open ice, rather than trying to go through everyone which won't work as well in North America...
Nice little highlight video...appears to have good speed and sick hands...at worst a shootout specialist, but has the ability to be so much more...
My guess is that is exactly what he will become, if he's able to stay in the NHL. Kinda like Canucks Wellwood. I know this player since I am a Södertälje SK fan.
He does have some slick moves, and nice hands, know hows to deke, good at passing, he's also good at twisting and turning with the puck. He isn't very strong and he's rather small and needs time and space, which I doubt he get much of in the NHL. He is prone to make dangerous plays which sometimes can cause turnovers. He isnt really that fast skater (topspeed that is, he's quick when it comes to twisting and turning) either, something he will have to be in the NHL.
But again, he can pull out some very creative moves every now and then, so he's an entertaining player. Also his constant dekes and change of directions, often result that the defender take a hooking or tripping penalty.
He is just not a defensive player, so the Preds can forget about that.
Don't worry, he will be after Trotz is finished with him.
Poile has hit a few times on the guesses at European players with Erat late in the round and Hornqvist. Size could be an issue, but its obvious the kid has some talent. My guess is Poile told him to come over for a year and test North American hockey and everything can be re-evaluated next year, both how much the Predators want him and how much Klasen wants to say here. Its a low-risk high-reward for both sides.