2009-10: Markus Soberg skated in ten games with Manglerud’s U17 team in Norway as a 14-year-old. He scored 10 goals with 8 assists and 14 penalty minutes in eight regular season games and had 2 goals and 1 assist with 10 penalty minutes in two playoff games.
2010-11: Soberg split the season between Sweden’s U18 league and Manglerud’s U19 and U17 teams in Norway. He also played for Norway’s U18 team along with his older brother, goalie Steffen Soberg, at the 2011 World Junior Championship. Markus Soberg scored 7 goals with 7 assists in 10 games for MODO in Sweden with 18 penalty minutes. In 17 games with Manglerud’s U19 team, including three playoff games, he scored 25 goals with 15 assists and had 26 penalty minutes. He played 13 regular season games for the Manglerud U17 team, scoring 22 goals with 20 assists and amassing 106 penalty minutes. Manglerud captured the U17 championship and in seven playoff games Soberg scored 9 goals with 7 assists and 6 penalty minutes. In six games at the U18 WJC he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-8 with 4 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Soberg moved to Sweden full-time, playing for Frolunda’s U20 and U18 teams, and represented Norway in the 2012 U20 and U18 Division 1A World Junior Championship tournaments. In 25 games with Frolunda’s U20 team he scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was plus-3 with 14 assists. He scored 26 goals with 16 assists and was plus-37 with 26 penalty minutes in 27 U18 regular season games. Frolunda won the 2012 U18 bronze medal and Soberg scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was plus-2 with 6 penalty minutes in four playoff games. Norway captured the bronze medal at the U20 D1A WJC and Soberg was plus-1 with no points and 4 penalty minutes. He played five games for Norway’s U18 team, which finished second, and scored 3 goals with 5 assists; finishing with an even plus/minus and 4 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Soberg spent the bulk of the season with Frolunda’s U20 team and represented Norway at the U20 and U18 levels for the second year. He scored 10 goals with 16 assists in 36 SuperElit league games and was plus-29 with 20 penalty minutes. In six playoff games he scored 5 goals with 1 assist and was plus-3 with 4 penalty minutes. He played nine games for Frolunda’s U18 team, including two playoff games, and scored 7 goals with 5 assists, finishing plus-6 with 10 penalty minutes. Norway won a gold medal at the 2013 U20 Division 1A World Junior Championship, earning elevation to the top group, and in five games Soberg scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was plus-4 with 2 penalty minutes. Norway’s U18 team was second in its tournament, with Soberg scoring 8 goals and 5 assists in five games and finishing plus-11 with 10 penalty minutes. Ranked 82nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Soberg was selected by Columbus in the sixth round (165th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Soberg made his debut in Sweden’s SHL — skating in a March 8th game with Frolunda — and was the second-leading scorer for the club’s U20 team. He played for Norway in the 2014 U20 World Juniors. He recorded one shot on goal with no points nor penalty minutes in two minutes of ice time in his only SHL game. Soberg scored 21 goals with 17 assists in 45 regular season games for the Frolunda U20 team and was plus-18 with 40 penalty minutes. Frolunda finished first in the SuperElit Top 10 but was defeated by Orebro HK in a preliminary round best-of-three series. Soberg scored 1 goal with 6 penalty minutes and had an even plus/minus in three playoff games. He had 1 assist and was minus-1 with 4 penalty minutes in five games for Norway at the WJC. Soberg was selected by Windsor in the first round (34th overall) of the 2014 CHL Import Draft.
Soberg’s speed is what makes him stand out on the ice. He has great hands and a ton of energy when the puck is on his stick. He needs to finish growing but has a tall frame and should bulk up over the next few years. His biggest area of improvement is his off-the-puck play. A big scorer at the junior level in Sweden he is steadily adapting to the more physical, competitive nature of hockey in North America.
Soberg skated for the Columbus entry in the Traverse City rookie tournament and is skating for the Windsor Spitfires in 2014-15 in his first season in North America. After some early season challenges he has made steady progress adapting to the North American game and was playing some of his best hockey before joining Norway's U20 team for the Division 1A World Junior tournament in December. Soberg has yet to sign an entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets and would re-enter the 2015 NHL Draft if he is not signed by June. Still fairly raw in some of the tactical and competitive elements of the game, his speed and skill level is his calling card and suggests he can one day be an effective second or third line forward with some offensive elements.