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Winnipeg Jets Top 25 Under 25: #19 Jacob Cederholm

After racking up frequent flyer miles in 2018-19, the jury is still out on the big Swede.

ECHL: APR 18 Kelly Cup Playoffs - Florida Everblades at Jacksonville Icemen Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Winnipeg Jets Top 25 Under 25 -
#19 - Jacob Cederholm
6’4” 191 lbs - Defence - Shoots Right - Age: 21
AHL 2018-2019 Season: 9 GP - 0G - 0A - 0PTS - 4PIM - 2 SOG
ECHL 2018-2019 Season: 25 GP - 1G - 5A - 6PTS - 8PIM - 25 SOG

“Wait,” you say to yourself, “how is Jacob Cederholm a Winnipeg Jets prospect?” Well, even though he played with the Manitoba Moose last year on an AHL contract, his NHL rights still belong to the Jets under the CBA because as a prospect drafted from a European team, they hold his rights for four years. So they are the only NHL team that can sign him before June 1, 2020. So while his Wikipedia page may say he’s an unrestricted free-agent...he’s not.

Cederholm had an unfortunate first half of his first full season in North America, as he bounced back and forth between the Winnipeg Jets in training camp, to the Manitoba Moose, to the Jacksonville Icemen, and back and forth and back and forth. Between September 26, 2018 and January 21, 2019 he was sent down or called up between teams on eight separate occasions.

With the Moose, he was pretty far down the depth chart, especially early on when guys like Logan Stanley, Tucker Poolman and Sami Niku were being balanced out with guys like Nelson Nogier, Cameron Schilling and Peter Stoykewych. So instead of getting ice time, or building chemistry with anybody, he found himself in the press box or filling in on occasion.

His first game of the season came with Jacksonville, with one assist in a ten game stint, six games without a point with Manitoba followed, then three assists in six games with Jacksonville, one game with the Moose, four games (with a goal and an assist) for the icemen, a final AHL game, and then 10 games with Jacksonville to close out the season. An injury to his left foot or ankle (finding information on ECHL injuries is not easy) kept him out of the lineup for all of February and March, but he returned in time for the ECHL playoffs, appearing in all five games the Icemen played.

This season will be the sixth in which Cederholm plays pro hockey, having made his pro debut in 2014-15 with HV71 of the SHL.

Cederholm appeared in the first two of the three games in the recent Rookie Showcase in Belleville. Earlier today was invited to Winnipeg Jets training camp, as one of 18 defencemen, which begins on Friday, September 13th.