The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired a first and fourth-round pick in the 2018 National Hockey League Draft and forward Victor Ejdsell (EHJ -suhl) from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Ryan Hartman and Chicago's fifth-round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Ejdsell, 22, has recorded 30 points (17G, 13A) in 44 games with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League this season. His 17 goals lead the team. He will remain with the club for the remainder of the season. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Swedish second league (Allsvenskan) and Forward of the Year after the 2016-17 campaign, leading the league in points with 57 (25G, 32A).
A native of Karlstad, Sweden, Ejdsell has tallied 19 goals and 13 assists in 65 career SHL games, spanning three seasons with Farjestad BK (2014-16) and HV (2017-18). He was the captain of Farjestad's junior team during the 2014-15 season. The 6'5", 214-pound center was signed by the Predators on May 15, 2017.
Hartman tallied 57 points (27G, 30A) in 141 career games with the Blackhawks, spanning four seasons (2014-18). He also skated in four Stanley Cup playoff games during the 2017 postseason. The West Dundee native was Chicago's first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.