Victor Söderström

Arizona Coyotes
Photo courtesy of SHL.se

Fantasy Summary

Average-sized two-way defenseman who projects to become a number three defenseman. Great puck-mover, good skater, has a good shot, and likes to throw his weight around.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth February 26, 2001
Height 6‘0”
Weight 182 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 11

Observations

March 2020- After a very strong World Junior Championship for Team Sweden, where Soderstrom racked up one goal and six points in seven games, he returned to the SHL for Brynas IF. While his five goals and 16 points in 35 games don’t jump out at you, the SHL is a defensive-minded league, Brynas struggled as an team, missing the playoff’s and finishing with the sixth-worst offense and Soderstrom is still very young. He played huge minutes for Brynas, though, and a good case could be made that Soderstrom was the team’s best defenseman on a night to night basis despite the fact he played most of the campaign as an 18-year-old. Before the coronavirus hit, the plan was to fly Soderstrom to North America when his SHL season ended to most likely finish the year playing for Tucson. For now the plan is to have him come to Arizona this summer to train and make a strong run at a roster spot on the Coyotes. Keith Duggan

December 2019- Soderstrom has made Team Sweden for the 2020 World Junior Championship. He’s in the midst of an excellent season so far in the SHL for Brynas IF. He leads the team in scoring for defensemen with two goals and nine points in 15 games. That’s already two more points than last year when he had seven in 44 games. Keith Duggan

October 2019- After a strong training camp with the Coyotes and nearly making the team, Soderstrom will instead return to Sweden and again play for Brynas IF. He had been living with team captain and countryman Oliver Ekman-Larson while in Arizona. “I feel like I could play right now,” Soderstrom said of his NHL candidacy, “but it’s about what’s best for my long-term development.” He was eligible to play in the AHL but his camp and the Coyotes management felt it was best for him to return to Sweden. Keith Duggan 

June 2019- The Coyotes moved up in the draft by trading their 14th and 45th selections to pluck Soderstrom 11th overall Friday night. For a second year in a row, the Coyotes selected a player higher than ranked on most mock drafts but one General Manager John Chayka and the scouting staff felt very strongly about. Keith Duggan

June 2019 – Söderström was officially measured at 6-foot-0 and 182 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine.  Jokke Nevalainen

February 2019 – Söderström has been spending most of this season at the top level in Sweden in the SHL, and he’s been given a good role where he gets to play good minutes and also sees time on the power play. Söderström may actually be the second-best defenseman in his draft class. He’s a strong puck-mover who likes to join the rush but he’s also a very strong player defensively. His hockey sense is very high and he uses it at both ends of the rink. He’s a very smooth and talented skater who is capable of playing big minutes. He also has a good shot, and he’s able to get it through traffic pretty frequently. It’s also a good thing for NHL teams that he shoots from the right side. At 5-foot-11, Söderström isn’t big but he likes to throw his weight around. It’s pretty easy to project him as a middle-pair defenseman but he has upside to become a number two if everything goes well.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Skutskärs SK Division 3 12 5 3 8 0 |          
  Sweden Selects U14 WSI U14 7 2 3 5 6 |          
 2015-2016 Brynäs IF U16 U16 Elit 24 13 16 29 43 |          
  Gästrikland TV-Pucken 6 0 1 1 4 |          
  Brynäs IF U16 U16 SM 8 1 3 4 6 |          
  Brynäs IF J18 J18 Elit 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Brynäs IF U16 U16 Elit 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Gästrikland TV-Pucken 6 2 1 3 2 |          
  Brynäs IF U16 U16 SM 8 2 4 6 2 |          
  Brynäs IF J18 J18 Elit 18 7 12 19 8 |          
  Brynäs IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 18 3 16 19 8 | Playoffs 1 0 1 1
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 9 2 4 6 2 |          
 2017-2018 Brynäs IF J18 J18 Elit 16 6 11 17 16 |          
  Brynäs IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 16 1 13 14 8 | Playoffs 5 3 1 4
  Brynäs IF J20 SuperElit 16 3 3 6 8 | Playoffs 1 1 0 1
  Sweden U17 WHC-17 5 1 0 1 2 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 17 4 6 10 16 |          
 2018-2019 Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 2 1 1 2 0 |          
  Brynäs IF J20 SuperElit 14 1 7 8 2 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1
  Brynäs IF SHL 44 4 3 7 22 |          
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 4 0 1 1 2 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 8 1 2 3 4 |          
 2019-2020 Brynäs IF SHL 35 5 11 16 12 |          
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 7 1 5 6 6 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 9 1 6 7 8 |          

Highlights