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Report: Victor Ejdsell picks the Predators

Via a tip from Bringing the Wing, I made my daily trip to NWT.se to check on the Victor Ejdsell derby, and their Dennis Pavlovic states that Ejdsell has picked the Nashville Predators per a report from Expressen's Johan Svensson, a.k.a. the famous "Mr. Madhawk."

Madhawk says that Ejdstell has first signed with the SHL team HV71 Jonkoping to play in the SHL for the following season, and after making his trip around the NHL, he made a decision between the Red Wings, Predators and Blackhawks, with Nashville coming out on top.

Ejdsell was at least serious enough about the Red Wings to make the trip to Grand Rapids for a first-round playoff game with Jiri Fischer, but it appears that the trip was for naught.

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Surprised he didn’t pick the Wings.  Who wouldn’t want to sign with a mediocre team that has such a logjam of mediocrity on the roster that there’s basically zero chance that he would ever see NHL time.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/08/17 at 02:30 PM ET

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Is there room on Nashvilles roster?  If any team could use a decent
player for its bottom 6 it’s the Wings.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 05/08/17 at 02:36 PM ET

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Too bad. But it’s not like this team lacks depth. We lack quality. Moving on.

By the way…did anyone catch the latest mlive article? They profile Elias Petterson and then mention the Wings have a long tradition of Swedish players…Lidstrom, Holmstrom, Kronwall, Ericsson, and Nyquist. Oh and Anders Eriksson. But the author fails to mention Zetterberg. Then after some of his readers point out that you are profiling a young center from Timra and you failed to mention Zetterberg…the article is edited to include Zetterberg.

This is the quality of beat writers in this town. Anders Eriksson is mentioned, but not Zetterberg. In an article about a centre from Timra. Sigh.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/08/17 at 02:37 PM ET

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Trip to Grand Rapids with Fischer, LMAO

Impressive effort to sign someone!!!

No wonder we miss the boat (and for other reasons)

Was KH taking a dump reading the standings?  Completely useless

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/08/17 at 02:55 PM ET

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Remember when Ken Holland met with Jimmy Vesey and specifically told him about how much depth we had. Nice sales pitch Kenny. Vesey was vocal about wanting to join a team that would immediately have a top 9 spot up for grabs. So Kenny decides to do a slide show profiling the 7 lines of forwards we have stashed between the NHL/AHL. Nice one Kenny.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/08/17 at 03:13 PM ET

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Remember when Ken Holland met with Jimmy Vesey and specifically told him about how much depth we had

That was a classic sales pitch:)

Posted by VPalmer on 05/08/17 at 03:17 PM ET

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Is there room on Nashvilles roster?

They have a bunch of expiring contracts (four UFAs, five RFAs) with only nine forwards under contract for next year.  I don’t know if they’d be bringing back any of the UFAs (Fisher would be most likely, I would think) and from what I can see the only two RFAs who are current NHLers are Johansen and Arvidsson.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/08/17 at 03:20 PM ET

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Vesey wants a legit shot.

Kenny tells Vesey about our superb depth.

Vesey signs elsewhere.

And nobody in the media dares ask Kenny whether he approached this situation wisely. Just another “aw shucks we tried” soundbite.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/08/17 at 03:26 PM ET

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And there’s the fact the the Preds are the only one of those teams still playing in the playoffs…
Everyone loves a winner.

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 05/08/17 at 03:26 PM ET

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Now even players who haven’t even stepped foot on NHL ice are bypassing the Wings. History only goes so far. Even a newbie player can plainly see the organization isn’t overly concerned with righting the ship.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/08/17 at 03:49 PM ET

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Now even players who haven’t even stepped foot on NHL ice are bypassing the Wings. History only goes so far. Even a newbie player can plainly see the organization isn’t overly concerned with righting the ship.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/08/17 at 03:49 PM ET

This has been going on for years. Edjsell is not the first. Jimmy Vesey basically laughed at Kenny’s sales pitch. Justin Shultz didn’t meet with us, despite his former playing partner being Brendan Smith. But at the time he would have been buried behind Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo so that was a tough roster to crack. Torey Krug was a Michigan alum who chose Boston over us. Kevin Hayes didn’t have us on his shortlist.

But we did get Dekeyser. So please don’t question Kenny’s recruiting techniques.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/08/17 at 04:05 PM ET

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Does your butt hurt?

from a tweet by Playoff Beard GID,

Read the butthurt comments by Red Wings fans on this report that Ejsell is signing with the Preds.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/08/17 at 04:18 PM ET

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Gee this was a shocker, players want to play for good young teams, who would’ve thought. Reminds me of the when we had players like Federov Pavel and Lidstrom, players opted to come here.  Wait what am I talking about, its Holland, he sucks, can’t sell free game tickets, all his fault all his fault all his fault…

Ya know, there’s a reason hot women get free drinks no matter how charming and funny Ms. barrel bottom is.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/08/17 at 04:27 PM ET

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Gee this was a shocker, players want to play for good young teams, who would’ve thought. Reminds me of the when we had players like Federov Pavel and Lidstrom, players opted to come here.  Wait what am I talking about, its Holland, he sucks, can’t sell free game tickets, all his fault all his fault all his fault…

Ya know, there’s a reason hot women get free drinks no matter how charming and funny Ms. barrel bottom is.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Hey Hey Hockeyfart on 05/08/17 at 04:27 PM ET

Who’s Federov? I could have sworn I’ve seen the name Fedorov etched onto numerous trophies in the Hall of Fame.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/08/17 at 04:33 PM ET

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Posted by fatsavage on 05/08/17 at 04:33 PM ET

Whoop whoop whoop, spell check police on the hockey forum, sorry officer, guilty as charged, I’ll make sure future posts are spell checked, formatted, and adhere to proper MLA standards.

Thanks Mr. Helper!

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/08/17 at 04:37 PM ET

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No problem Kenny Chadwick.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/08/17 at 04:43 PM ET

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Whoop whoop whoop, spell check police on the hockey forum, sorry officer, guilty as charged, I’ll make sure future posts are spell checked, formatted, and adhere to proper MLA standards.

Thanks Mr. Helper!
   
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    from Hey Hey Hockeyfart on 05/08/17 at 04:37 PM ET

Seeing FEDOROV misspelled is one of my pet peeves, thanks for being on the right side of things fatsavage

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 05/08/17 at 04:48 PM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/08/17 at 04:18 PM ET

What does that tweet even mean?

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/08/17 at 04:51 PM ET

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Seeing FEDOROV misspelled is one of my pet peeves, thanks for being on the right side of things fatsavage

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 05/08/17 at 04:48 PM ET

It’s actually shocking how often Fedorov is incorrect. There are much more complicated names without even coming close to Sergei’s accomplishments…that people seem to get right all the time. But then a relatively simple name like Fedorov, with a Hall of Fame career is often butchered. I just got Carlo Colaiacovo correct (without looking it up) and people can’t get Fedorov correct. Kinda strange.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/08/17 at 04:56 PM ET

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Did anyone expect him to sign with a team that missed the playoffs? 

If anything, I’d be concerned if I was the Hawks - they’ve easily recruited UFAs year after year the last 7 years.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/08/17 at 05:38 PM ET

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Did anyone expect him to sign with a team that missed the playoffs?

If anything, I’d be concerned if I was the Hawks - they’ve easily recruited UFAs year after year the last 7 years.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/08/17 at 05:38 PM ET

Undrafted free agents sign with teams that miss the playoffs all the time. Drake Caggiula signed with the Oilers last summer. He’d look pretty good as a 3rd line sparkplug. Troy Stecher signed in Vancouver. Nick Lappin signed in New Jersey. Happens all the time buddy.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/08/17 at 05:49 PM ET

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Posted by fatsavage on 05/08/17 at 05:49 PM ET

Those are some big names there.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/08/17 at 05:51 PM ET

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If we’re giving that list credit, I guess we should pat Holland on the back for Robbie Russo, Dan Renouf, and Danny DeKeyser

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/08/17 at 05:57 PM ET

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Those are some big names there.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/08/17 at 05:51 PM ET

So are you suggesting that Ejdsell is going to have a bigger impact than Caggiula or Stecher? I think not. He’ll be lucky to even be an NHL regular. Caggiula is currently playing just fine on a line with McDavid and Stecher played 20 minutes a night as a rookie d-man. Again, nobody said any of these guys were elite game-changers. I’m only countering the false assertion that undrafted free agents are only interested in winning organizations. Many of them choose non-playoff teams like Edmonton, Vancouver, New Jersey, etc…

Posted by fatsavage on 05/08/17 at 06:09 PM ET

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Like I said when this all came down to CHI, NAS, and DET…. DET had no shot at all.

Their team isn’t a contender, but yet they also wouldn’t be the type to guarantee, say, Top 9 time to a guy like this without expecting him to bide his time in G.R. first.

So they’re a crappy team that still won’t give someone NHL icetime.  Real winner of a pitch there.

Posted by Primis on 05/08/17 at 06:32 PM ET

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Like I said when this all came down to CHI, NAS, and DET…. DET had no shot at all.

Their team isn’t a contender, but yet they also wouldn’t be the type to guarantee, say, Top 9 time to a guy like this without expecting him to bide his time in G.R. first.

So they’re a crappy team that still won’t give someone NHL icetime.  Real winner of a pitch there.

Posted by Primis on 05/08/17 at 06:32 PM ET

Being a top team might appeal to some free agents, but not all. Plenty of examples of guys who have signed with teams like Edmonton, Vancouver, New Jersey, etc…I think the big turnoff for a college free agent like Vesey, or a Euro prospect like Ejdsell is that they have witnessed our approach with other young players and it’s not a great story. Having guys like Nyquist, Tatar, Mantha, Jensen, Nosek buried in the AHL behind veterans who they were clearly outperforming is not what any 20-something kid wants to sign up for. We just had Mantha watching Joakim Andersson. We had Jensen watching Kindl. We had AA getting scratched for no apparent reason. This organization CAN NOT demonstrate that they operate with a meritocracy. That is not a recipe to attract talent, whether that be in sport or in business. It’s not about where we are in the standings. It’s about a flawed approach in this meritocracy. That’s 100% the result of Kenny and his coaching staff.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/08/17 at 06:53 PM ET

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And there’s the fact the the Preds are the only one of those teams still playing in the playoffs…
Everyone loves a winner.

I’m sure that helped. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 05/08/17 at 07:34 PM ET

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The “buried in GR” trope is tired and false. Maybe you can say that Nyquist was down for 20 games too long, but those other players needed the development and are succeeding because of it and not in spite of it. The Wings development system is, by any standard, one of the best precisely because the players that come up to the NHL stay there. They play big minutes on excellent teams (GR and Toledo have a good chance of winning their leagues) and then arrive in the NHL ready to play. The system is methodical and frustrating at times because we want to see the kids perform, but it works. People act like there are no downsides to throwing a kid into the NHL to learn on the job, but plenty of players have been underdeveloped because of it. I think RNH is a good example; his ceiling was higher than what he has become.

Posted by PDXWing on 05/08/17 at 09:51 PM ET

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The “buried in GR” trope is tired and false. Maybe you can say that Nyquist was down for 20 games too long, but those other players needed the development and are succeeding because of it and not in spite of it. The Wings development system is, by any standard, one of the best precisely because the players that come up to the NHL stay there. They play big minutes on excellent teams (GR and Toledo have a good chance of winning their leagues) and then arrive in the NHL ready to play. The system is methodical and frustrating at times because we want to see the kids perform, but it works. People act like there are no downsides to throwing a kid into the NHL to learn on the job, but plenty of players have been underdeveloped because of it. I think RNH is a good example; his ceiling was higher than what he has become.

Ryan Nugent Hopkins is fine.
He’s playing a different role now.
Two years ago people were saying the Oilers were ruining Draisaitl.
Yeah. He’s ruined.

Posted by WingDing71 on 05/08/17 at 10:01 PM ET

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We have filled in some spackle with a few lower-profile signings:

DeKeyser was the last big one

Coreau

Russo

Renouf

Hicketts

Nosek

Glendening


No budding stars on that list, but it does help make up for missed draft picks.

Posted by Lefty30 on 05/09/17 at 04:58 AM ET

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Gee this was a shocker, players want to play for good young teams, who would’ve thought. Reminds me of the when we had players like Federov Pavel and Lidstrom, players opted to come here.  Wait what am I talking about, its Holland, he sucks, can’t sell free game tickets, all his fault all his fault all his fault…

Ya know, there’s a reason hot women get free drinks no matter how charming and funny Ms. barrel bottom is.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Hey Hey Hockeyfart on 05/08/17 at 04:27 PM ET

Tell me Mr. Arrogant, who is responsible for getting good, young players on the team? Is it Zetterberg? Blashill? Maybe Babcock before he left (who wanted us to sign Tyler Johnson, go figure).

You mention that players don’t want to come here because we aren’t a good, young team. Then you go on this pissy little tirade making fun of people for calling out the person whose literal job it is to fill our roster with good, young players. I hope you aren’t this much of a self-aggrandizing *#$%@& when you’re coaching kids. In fact, you sound an awful lot like Ken Holland: Admit the team is in bad shape, then concoct some hollow excuse for how it somehow isn’t your fault. Yeah, it is Ken Holland’s fault we don’t have a lot of good, young players BECAUSE HE IS THE GODDAMN GENERAL MANAGER.

IT.

IS.

HIS.

JOB.

FFS, sometimes you have good points, but most of the time you’re just a barely witty troll who thinks way too highly of himself than he deserves.

Oh, and it is F**KING FEDOROV. F-E-D-O-R-O-V. Ya know, the formerly best player in the world who won 3 Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and generally accomplishes more in the hockey world during his morning triple S than you could ever dream of?
You’d think if you were going to write such a pompous, pathetically contradictory comment, you’d at least spell something so easy as one of this franchise’s best ever players so people wouldn’t laugh at you more than usual.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 05/09/17 at 08:57 AM ET

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Posted by Colin on 05/09/17 at 08:57 AM ET

Someone crapped in Colin’s Wheaties this morning, we should call the police, oh wait, Colin is yet another member of the spell check brigade, does your unit handle more than spelling offenses? Instead of a mispelling, I’d like to file a complain for someone putting words in my mouth.

First of all, what you just did is the definition of a pissy little tirade with an all caps kicker like a scorned woman. You’d think if you were going to go on a pompous, pathetically contradictory, time of the month outburst, maybe just maybe, you should have a leg to stand on.  Go back and read my comments, I said NOTHING about in your hissy aside from spelling Fedorov’s name wrong, and then go read yours, I think someone’s a bit sensitive. 

My point, if you cared to read it, was that HHHT expected Holland to shine his shoes, put on a hat and do a dance for this kid and get him to sign here, and because he didn’t he failed, because he sucks, but the kid wasn’t coming here no matter if it was the magical beanstalk salesmen giving the pitch, because this team doesn’t have desirable talent. Our best chance was a Swedish kid being star struck by our Swedish influence, not Holland, didn’t happen, not a shocker. 

Damn right, this team is not a young star filled team, because of Holland, I have never said differently. He didn’t fail enough, he kept this team wallowing in mediocrity to keep the streak alive, to keep playoff revenue afloat, and drafted far too late, for far too long, didn’t trade players for prospects when he should’ve.  I have never said this team is in fine shape, nor that Ken Holland has done a good job,  I don’t solely put it on him, I do think his paychecks were signed by a guy who would’ve not accepted an all out tank job, but never the less, nobody forced him to do things like sign Helm.  Maybe you should actually read some of my comments, and avoid having select memory, if not there’s always the ignore option. 

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/09/17 at 09:48 AM ET

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I don’t get the hype with Ejdsell. I mean, granted, I’m not a scout and I haven’t seen the guy play, so all I have to go on are numbers. There’s a lot I could be missing. But a near-22-year-old who has had exactly one good season at the Allsvenskan level (higher than ECHL or juniors, but lower than the AHL) isn’t exactly making me swoon.

Not that it’s impossible to go straight from Allsvenskan to the NHL and be successful—Patrik Berglund and Oliver Ekman Larsson are two guys who did. But other examples of players making the jump are very rare, and both those guys were legit stars already as teenagers (unlike Ejdsell).

Berglund, I think is the most telling comparison. He and Ejdsell are both forwards and about the same size, but Berglund was already a much better player at 18 (1.37 ppg) than Ejdsell is at 21 (1.14 ppg) in the same league. Berglund’s had a nice little NHL career with over 600 games played, but never had more than 52 points in a season and is under half a point per game over his career.

Again, haven’t seen the guy play. But just based on what I know it seems like the best case scenario is that he becomes a decent, sizable defensive forward who can chip in 25-35 points from the third line. Not saying those guys aren’t useful but they’re also not particularly difficult to find. And that’s the best case scenario.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 05/09/17 at 09:59 AM ET

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Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 05/09/17 at 09:59 AM ET

Not sure it’s necessarily “hype” moreso a team getting a “free”  6’5 215-pound prospect that gets to choose his team vs. a team choosing him, its his time in the spotlight while deciding. I’ve read that he’s likely destined for the AHL for at least a season.

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/09/17 at 01:17 PM ET

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First of all, what you just did is the definition of a pissy little tirade with an all caps kicker like a scorned woman. You’d think if you were going to go on a pompous, pathetically contradictory, time of the month outburst,

Ok, I can handle the condescension from time to time, but insulting someone by comparing them to a woman is not cool. I’ve seen the same thing with you referring to Nyquist as ‘NyQueen’.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 05/09/17 at 05:12 PM ET

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