Andreas Soderberg
Image: Skelleftea

Andreas Soderberg

Hometown:

Skelleftea Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1996-06-16

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

5th round (148th overall), 2014

Weight:

205 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Andreas Soderberg appeared in three games with Skelleftea in Sweden’s top U16 league and skated for the northern Sweden club’s second teams at the U18 and U16 levels. He had 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes with the Skelleftea U16 team.

2011-12: Soderberg split the season between Skelleftea’s U18 and U16 teams and played for Vasterbotten in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players in Sweden. In ten U18 games he had 2 assists and was +5 with no penalties. Soderberg scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 8 penalty minutes in three U16 games. He scored 4 goals with 6 assists and was +10 with 4 penalty minutes as Vasterbotten captured a gold medal in the TV-Pucken tournament.

2012-13: Soderberg skated for Skelleftea’s bronze medal-winning U18 team. He scored 7 goals with 18 assists and was +12 with 24 penalty minutes in 39 regular season games and was +6 with 3 assists and 2 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.

2013-14: Soderberg played 36 regular season games and two playoff contests for the Skelleftea U20 team as a 17-year-old in his first SuperElit league season. He scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was plus-3 with 14 penalty minutes in the regular season and was minus-2 with 1 goal in the playoffs. Soderberg played 15 games, including three playoff contests, with the Skelleftea U18 team and scored 2 goals with 2 assists; finishing plus-10 with 20 penalty minutes.After not appearing in the Central Scouting mid-term rankings, he was ranked 29th amongst European skaters in the final rankings and selected by Chicago in the fifth round (148th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Soderberg played for the Skelleftea U20 team in his second SuperElit season and appeared in three games with the Sweden U20 team. He scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was +9 with 34 penalty minutes in 44 regular season games as Skelleftea finished fourth in the North Division and third in Top 10 play; reaching the playoff quarterfinals. Soderberg was -1 with no points and 6 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He was -1 with no points nor penalties in three games with the Sweden U20 team but was not part of the squad at the 2015 World Juniors in Canada. 

Talent Analysis

Soderberg is a large, defense-first defenseman. A long-term project in terms of his technical skills and skating mobility, he plays with a focus on his own end.

Future

Soderberg made his first appearance with the Skelleftea men's team during the 2015 Champions League tournament and began the 2015-16 season with Vita Hasten in Sweden's second league, Allsvenskan. One of five young defensemen from Sweden whose rights are held by the Blackhawks, Soderberg is early in the development process relative to the others and faces long odds in a deep organization. His combination of size and combativeness differentiate him from some of those other prospects.

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