Carl Soderberg
Carl Soderberg
35-Year-Old CenterC
Colorado Avalanche
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Soderberg enjoyed a productive year with the Coyotes in 2019-20, notching 35 points in 70 games. That's right in line with his usual production, and his 77 hits were a slight bonus for fantasy managers. The 35-year-old center shouldn't be expected to generate more than a point every other game at this stage in his career, but he could benefit from a top-six role given the Blackhawks' dire situation at center in 2020-21. That usage could expose him to Patrick Kane, Dominik Kubalik or Alex DeBrincat, which makes Soderberg a potentially strong option for managers in deeper formats. He's never been afraid to shoot either, although he'll likely weigh down a virtual roster in plus-minus rating. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Blackhawks in December of 2020.
First helper of second Avs stint
CColorado Avalanche
April 28, 2021
Soderberg registered an assist, five shots on goal and three hits in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Soderberg set up Devon Toews' first-period goal. The assist was Soderberg's first point in five games since he was traded back to the Avalanche from the Blackhawks. In 2020-21, the 35-year-old has produced 16 points, 54 shots on net, a minus-6 rating and 56 hits through 39 appearances. He's held a third-line role with the Avalanche.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:02
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:10
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:30
  • Average Time On Ice:
    12:31
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:04
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:11
 
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2018–19
17:27
1:44
2:29
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15:54
2:09
0:55
2020–21
15:02
2:10
1:30
2020–21
12:31
0:04
1:11
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Soderberg is coming off a strange campaign with the Avalanche. He was held pointless in 57 contests, but the Swede still joined the 20-20 club for the first time in his career, dropping a career-high 23 goals to complement 26 helpers without missing a single game. While Soderberg gelled with versatile flankers J.T. Compher and Colin Wilson in Colorado, an offseason trade to the Coyotes presents some unique challenges for the do-it-all pivot. It's been 17 years since the Pacific Division club has ranked in the top-10 for league scoring, and last year, the Yotes ran a weak power play at 16.3 percent. Soderberg is shaping up to be a boom-or-bust fantasy option in his eighth season, so draft accordingly.
Following a down 2016-17 campaign, Soderberg experienced a resurgence with the Avalanche last season. Thanks in part to a 10.7 shooting percentage that neared his career-best mark and boosts in ice time and power-play time, Soderberg matched his career-best mark with 16 goals on 150 shots and added 21 assists to return to form after notching just 14 points the season prior. Considering he had notched 44 points or more in each of his first three NHL seasons, it wouldn't be surprising if the veteran pivot builds on those number in 2018-19 and nears the half-century mark again, potentially reaching the back end of some fantasy drafts. His even rating also bodes well for a team that added netminder Philipp Grubauer in the offseason to fortify the defensive zone.
Soderberg’s precipitous decline was one of many factors that led to Colorado’s disastrous 2016-17 season. Just one year after scoring a career-best 51 points, the 31-year-old Swede was a net-negative across the board with just 14 points, a minus-26 rating and 22 PIM. It’s possible that Soderberg will unseat 2016 first-rounder Tyson Jost for the second-line center role behind Matt Duchene with a return to form, but that outcome seems doubtful given the veteran’s recent performance and the team’s stated desire to build around young players.
In his first season with the Avalanche, Soderberg had no issues fitting in on the second line, lighting the lamp 12 times and tacking on a career-high 39 assists and 32 PIM. It marks the first time the 2004 second-round pick surpassed 50 points in his NHL career, and now with a full campaign under his belt with Colorado, there’s potential for more from the 30-year-old. He may not hit 20 goals, but Soderberg is a solid bet to tally 30-plus helpers, as he’s done so in three straight seasons. The Swede is also a threat on the power play, averaging 2:16 of ice time and producing respectably with three goals and 11 assists in that situation last season. He’s been an iron man lately, not missing a game over the last two years; however, if he occupies a third-line role behind Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon, as anticipated, Soderberg could well see a reduction in last year's 18:01 of average ice time. Of course, those two have been known to get hurt before.
After the Bruins realized they wouldn't be able to retain Soderberg during the offseason, the team dealt his negotiating rights to the Avalanche, who inked the center to a long-term contract. The 29-year-old is coming off a respectable 2014-15 campaign in which he compiled 13 goals and 44 points in 82 games, and should see his role increase in Colorado. Soderberg has played just 161 career NHL games, but that hasn’t prevented him from already becoming a quality reserve for those in deeper fantasy leagues. In addition to his half-point-per-game production, Soderberg netted five power-play goals, three game-winners, and had 163 shots on net last season. The Swede's solid shot and playmaking ability may allow him to churn out even more production as the second-line center in Colorado, where he'll effectively be replacing Ryan O'Reilly.
While Soderberg’s overall numbers (16 goals and 48 points in 73 games) in his first full season with the Bruins weren’t staggering, once he got going -- which largely coincided with his move to center -- he displayed good offensive instincts while helping anchor the team’s third line. Though Soderberg deals with impaired vision in his left eye thanks to an injury he suffered during the 2006-07 season, it’s a reality that the 28-year-old Swede has adjusted well to at this point. It’s not hard to imagine the polished 6-foot-3 pivot seeing an uptick in production this season, with a power-play role likely in the cards.
Though it's a little early to project the Bruins’ 2013-14 lines, barring key injuries, Soderberg seems likely to work on the team’s third line. Though Soderberg didn't display elite wheels in limited action with the Bruins, he does possess a nice blend of size and skill and, based on his production in Sweden, it's not hard to imagine him benefiting greatly from a full NHL training camp and emerging as a fantasy option in deeper formats in 2013-14.
Soderberg continues to play in his native Sweden, with no indication that he’s of a mind to give North American hockey a whirl.
The 25-year-old is still listed on the Bruins' official site as a prospect, but getting him to leave the comfort of playing in his hometown of Malmo, Sweden for the uncertainty of the NHL may be a tough sell.
A talented Swedish prospect, who doesn't seem to be inclined to return to North America at this point in his career.
Soderberg chose to stay at home and play for Malmo (Sweden) this season despite repeated attempts by Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli to have him attend the Bruins' training camp.
Once he decides to cross the pond -- and that won't be this season -- Soderberg would join the nice group forwards that the B's have managed to stockpile. Assuming he does make it over, he might have a hard time cracking the lineup out of the gate, but he's considered an explosive player, an element the team could certainly use.
Soderberg has plenty of offensive potential but will probably spend at least one more season playing in Sweden.
Soderberg played for Malmo of the Swedish league last season and potted 15 goals and 39 points in as many games. Soderberg centered the top line for Malmo, a team that spent the season in the second division after performing so poorly in the elite league the year before. He's a solid, all-around player who may very well be one of the best young performers in Sweden -- he's just been underrated for a long time. Keeper leagues should monitor him closely as he will soon be the Blues' second-line center and a fantasy threat.
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Makes Avs debut
CColorado Avalanche
April 15, 2021
Soderberg had two hits and one blocked shot over 15:22 of ice time in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blues.
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Set to debut for new club
CColorado Avalanche
April 14, 2021
Soderberg (not injury related) is expected to be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against St. Louis, Conor McGahey of Altitude TV reports.
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Role uncertain
CColorado Avalanche
Not Injury Related
April 13, 2021
Colorado head coach Jared Bednar was unclear on how Soderberg (not injury related) will be deployed going forward, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports. The Avalanche acquired him from the Blackhawks on Monday.
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Returning to Mile High City
CColorado Avalanche
Not Injury Related
April 12, 2021
Soderberg was acquired by the Avalanche from the Blackhawks in a swap for Josh Dickinson and Ryder Rolston on Monday.
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Notches first point in five games
CChicago Blackhawks
March 23, 2021
Soderberg scored a power-play goal on his only shot in a 3-2 win over Florida on Tuesday. He also provided two hits and two PIM.
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