“Nice to see you, Carl,” is often the greeting you hear from Shawn Thornton when addressing the 6-foot-3 Swede, and this season, Bruins fans are saying the same thing. Last season, Soderberg finally jumped ship from the Swedish Elite League, only to look overwhelmed by the speed of play, often looking positionally lost on the ice and resulting in only six games played.
This season marks a stark contrast for the soft-spoken Soderberg, who’s tied for seventh on the team in points with 22. To understand the importance of Soderberg’s presence in the Bruins lineup this year, consider this:
In 24 Bruins victories this season: 4 goals, 14 assists, 18 points, +7 rating. In 11 Bruins losses this season: 1 goal, 3 assists, 3 points, -10 rating
Now on the power-play this season, Soderberg has a huge opportunity to show the offensive talents that lit up goaltenders in the Elite League on a regular basis.
−Dan St. Pierre