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12-30-2006, 07:32 PM
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Take this for what it's worth, coming from someone who follows the Blues pretty closely... but I'd rank Soderberg ahead of almost all of those guys except Fehr, Pouliot, and a few others.

Soderberg has been a premier player at every level thus far in Sweden. He was a top junior player when he was in the J20; he was a top player last year in the Allsvenskan; and he's at or near the top of Malmo's scoring parade now in their first season in the Elitserien, scoring at about a point-per-game clip on a last-place team. And he's what, 21 years old?

He's got a good shot at making the Blues' NHL roster out of camp next year, and if he gets a pair of decent wingers to work with -- I'm thinking David Backes and Lee Stempniak at this point -- I don't think 20-25 goals and 65-70 points are out of the realm of possibility for him as a rookie.

Soderberg is definitely one of the prospects that the Blues are looking to build the future around.


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