Carl Soderberg might be the candidate with the best odds to join the Bruins' new third line, and he doesn't want to think about the other possibilties. He dismissed the idea of spending time in Providence, saying, “I don’t think about that now. I will earn my spot here.”
The 27-year-old from Sweden said he spent the summer working out, shaving 7 or 8 pounds off his 6-foot-3-inch, 198-pound frame to get into the kind of shape he saw around the NHL in his two-month cameo with the Bruins last season.
That was a difficult transition for the Swede, as he suffered from a lengthy layoff and never quite made the adjustments needed to a different style of play and a smaller sheet of ice.
“That was pretty hard,” Soderberg said. “But if I had come right after the season, it would have been easier, I think.”
But a full training camp with the Bruins should help on both of those fronts, and potentially allow him to beat out a host of candidates for a spot on the third line. Soderberg has been centering a line with Matt Fraser and Craig Cunningham in the first two days of training camp.
“I don’t focus on the other guys,” Soderberg said. “I focus on my own game. I know if I play my own game and have a good camp, hopefully I can show the coaches and my teammates I deserve it.”
Soderberg made it into six games in the regular season, and then was pressed into duty during the last two games of the Stanley Cup Final, playing 14 minutes in Game 5 and 10 in Game 6.