Power-forward Victor Ejdsell traveled to Nashville in April with tempered expectations. Maybe too tempered.

[…] The 6-foot-5, 214-pound center saw his phone light up with calls from the Red Wings, Blackhawks and Predators, and was unexpectedly presented with the opportunity to join some of the game’s greatest franchises.

Enter the Nashville Predators, who knew they couldn’t compete with the storied tradition of the other two franchises, but felt they might have something better. So they invited Ejdsell (whose last name sounds like “aid-sell”) to take in Game Four of the Predators Round One series with Chicago – live in Smashville. It was his first time attending an NHL game. Consider him permanently ruined for any other in-game experience.

“I had no idea what to expect when I came here, but it was crazy, it was probably the best thing I’ve ever seen,” Ejdsell, who is attending Preds Development Camp this week, said. “Everything, the fans, the game [presentation]… it was a show around the game too.

"I fell in love with it.”

He signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Nashville a couple weeks later.