Yeti Watch: Carl Soderberg Practicing With Bruins 4th Line
Soderberg taking rushes on the left wing in a merlot jersey at practice, centered by Peverley, with Thornton skating on the right wing ^BB
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 21, 2013
It would appear as if my prayers are finally being answered. It is very rare that I bash a player on the team I love so much, but to me, Kaspars Daugavins isn’t much more than a depth winger. He has consistently played poorly in the very limited ice time he has received in his playoff games, and he blew a big time chance to win game one for the B’s. Quite frankly; he needs to go.
Enter “The Yeti”… or Carl Soderberg. The Yeti is his nickname, and I am unsure of where it came from, but I would guess that it is a reference to the many years it took for him to finally come to the Boston Bruins. He is more or less Peter Chiarelli’s white whale, but in this case Peter did what Ishmael could not; he brought him to Boston.
Soderberg signed a 3 year entry level deal worth roughly $1 million per season. He appeared in 6 games during the regular season and had 2 assists with a -2.
While I doubt he will have much of an impact on the game, anything is better than playing Kaspars Daugavins. He will also have the opportunity to play with a solid, but disappointing talent center in Rich Peverley, and the rugged veteran leader Shawn Thornton. I think Soderberg adds a level of skill and toughness to the Bruins bottom six. He also has good size standing at 6’3″, and weighing in (per NHL.com) at 198Lbs.
The Yeti may also get a chance to see some powerplay time. He has a high hockey IQ, and a booming shot. I would also doubt that the Blackhawks have a significant scouting report on him too.
I am excited to see him get the opportunity to play, but it is not set in stone yet. I do believe he will play, but it has not been confirmed by Coach Claude Julien, and until it is, it looks like we still have the “Dog Man”. Weak sauce.
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