Carl Soderberg
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Carl Soderberg

Hometown:

Malmo Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1985-10-12

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2004

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Trade with St. Louis, 2007

Weight:

207 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

In the 2003-04 season, after totally dominating the junior league and almost averaging 2 points per game, Carl Söderberg was called up to the SEL and immediately showed off his strong skills. He became a regular and scored a goal and an assist in 24 games. Soderberg was chosen by the St, Louis Blues in the second round, 49th overall, of the 2004 NHL Draft.

2004-05: Soderberg played for Malmo IF of the Swedish league, notching just five assists in 38 games while seeing limited action. In addition to Malmo IF, Soderburg spent time with their minor league affiliate Morrums GoIS IK tallying 2 goals and 5 assists in 11 games. When the 2005 World Juniors rolled around, Soderberg was picked by Sweden and did not disappoint, scoring 4 goals with 2 assists in six games.

2005-06: Soderberg played the season with Malmo in the Allsvenskan in Sweden. He has taken on a heavy load with Malmö as they fight their way back to the top league in Sweden. He has been centering the top line which also consists of two veteran stars, in Juha Rihijärrvi and David Moravec, who combined for a deadly line that is the second best producing line in the league. Söderberg is the top center on the team and has gotten heavy minutes in many situations.

It was a breakout offensive year for the 20-year-old center, as he averaged a point per game. In the past his defensive game had come under some scrutiny, however he closed out the regular season with a +24 rating, so clearly he has become more responsible in his own zone. Soderberg came up big in the playoffs as well, with five goals and three assists in Malmo’s ten post-season contests. He signed an entry-level deal with St. Louis.

2006-07: Soderberg was excellent while in the Malmo line-up this year, but an unfortunate eye injury ended his season prematurely. Before being clipped with a high stick, the 21-year-old was enjoying a breakout campaign in Sweden's top tier league. In 62 previous Swedish Elite League (SEL) games, Soderberg had just a single goal and seven points to his credit. This season, he was averaging nearly a point per game. Four of his goals came on the power play and he was over 50 percent on face-offs.

All of this was accomplished while playing for a last place Malmo club that won just 11 of 55 games. Despite missing 24 games, Soderberg very nearly led the team in scoring. Without their top forward, the Redhawks were unable to avoid relegation down to the Allsvenskan, losing their crucial last game of the promotion/relegation playoff round 6-5 to Leksands.

2007-08: Recovered from his eye injury, Söderberg returned to form, bouncing back to record more than a point per game with Malmö.

2008-09: Still perfecting his game in Sweden, Soderberg netted a career-high 18 goals and 59 points with the Malmo Redhawks (Allsvenskan). He also skated with the Swedish National team, netting a goal and two points in two games.

2009-10: Soderberg returned to Malmo once more, again with a PPG season. This time he was able to improve on his goal totals to 20. He also saw a large increase in his PIM, from 26 to 53. The only downfall to Carl’s season was a decrease in his Point per Game ratio from 1.31 to 1.0.

2010-11: Soderberg was with Malmo in Sweden's Allsvenskan (2nd League) for a fourth season. In 52 games he scored 12 goals with 34 assists and was +4 with 18 PMs. Three of his 12 goals were scored on the power play. Malmo finished eighth in the 14-team league.

 

Talent Analysis

Söderberg is a very explosive player. He is a good skater and has a powerful stride. With his quick feet he very easily gets around the opponents. He has an accurate shot, has a fine scoring touch and is a good playmaker as well. His hockey sense is top-notch and the way he handles the puck in full flight is very impressive. A strong player with great size combined with good technical skills. Earlier his defense was somewhat questionable but he has become a much better player without the puck.

 

Future

Soderberg has returned to North America, signing a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins in April of 2013.