Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, like team president Cam Neely a day before him, took to the airwaves of 98.5 The Sports Hub Wednesday, but would still not declare the club’s contract with Carl Soderberg a done deal.
Regardless, it appears that nine years after he was drafted by St. Louis and six years after he was traded to the Bruins, Soderberg is headed to Boston to help the Bruins’ stretch and playoff runs.
There’s been a lot of talk about what type of player Soderberg can and will be once he crosses the Atlantic and plays in the NHL for the first time. Not many in North America have seen him play.
Well McKeen’s Hockey (follow on Twitter @mckeenshockey) is one of the most trusted organizations for scouting reports on players at all levels. Here’s what they say about the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Soderberg, who’s now 27 years old:
“He has a exciting combination of size and skill … good skater with solid speed … he doesn’t possess high-end speed but is strong on his feet and moves around well on the ice for a guy his size ,.. tough to defend when coming down the ice with speed and skill level … has good soft hands and controls the puck well at top speed and in tight quarters … good vision and poise with the puck, holds on to the puck and makes things happen … strong on the cycle, protects the puck well with his size and reach … reads and anticipates the play at a high level … very good awareness on the ice … solid defensive player, works hard up and down the ice and has improved defensively the last couple of years … is much more reliable now in his own end but you can still see him from time to time letting up on a play defensively to create a chance offensively … he has really elevated all aspects of his game and has evolved in to a good two-way forward with a very high offensive upside.”
So there you have it. Sounds like an upgrade on what the Bruins’ have put on the ice in terms of third-liners this season. We’ll see how he responds though to his first taste at the NHL, at the season’s most-intense portion.