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Report: Preds land coveted Swedish center Ejdsell


Nice little 24 hours for Nashville.

Having just punched its ticket to the first Western Conference final in franchise history, there was more good news on Monday -- per Swedish news outlet Expressen, the Preds have landed Victor Ejdsell.

Ejdsell, 21, caught the eye of several NHL clubs following a standout year with Bofors of the Swedish first division -- including Detroit (where he visited earlier last week, per MLive.) Reports suggested Chicago was also in the mix.

It’s easy to see why.

He racked up 25 goals and 57 points in 60 games this year, and he’s got terrific size. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, the physical presence is there to potentially make the shift to the NHL next season.

“He’s evolved into a strong two-way center,” Detroit assistant GM Ryan Martin told MLive. “His move from wings to center helped his defensive game. He’s got good hands and offensive ability.”

Whether or not Ejdsell actually makes the leap next season remains to be seen. Per Expressen, he may join a higher profile team next season -- SHL club HV71, the reigning playoff champ -- and spend another year playing abroad, then join the Preds later.

In other Nashville news, the club has officially agreed to terms with ’13 draftee Emil Pettersson. Pettersson, 23, signed a two-year deal with Nashville after finishing ninth in the Swedish League in scoring this season.