Rockford IceHogs Head Coach Jeremy Colliton is at Blackhawks Development Camp and spoke with the media on Wednesday about a number of topics. One of those was 23-year-old forward Viktor Ejdsell.
The big, skilled Swede played six NHL games last season in his first taste of North American hockey and then joined the IceHogs for their long playoff run. He scored seven goals and added five assists in 13 postseason games.
"I think he did a good job," said Colliton. "It's tough to expect more from him. It was his first opportunity over here and there is an adjustment period. It didn't surprise anyone that he ended up scoring some pretty big goals for us and played in important situations. There were times where it looked like it was his first experience in North America but there were also times where we wouldn't have gotten as far as we did without him.
"I don't think we should have expectations on what he's going to do. He's very skilled, he has a chance to become a player. Timeline, who knows? Let's see how he looks in the fall."
The Blackhawks acquired Ejdsell via trade from Nashville in February.