The Arizona Coyotes wanted to draft Victor Söderström at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. To move up three places at the draft they sent the 14th and 45th overall picks to the Philadelphia Flyers to make sure they were able to get him.
20/21 League: HockeyAllsvenskan (AIK)
Games played: 12
Highest rating: 6
Lowest rating: 7
After surviving late at the Coyotes' training camp, Söderstrom went back to Sweden to play in the SHL and for Team Sweden at the World Juniors.
Söderstrom had a great season back in his native Sweden. He was the top-scoring defenseman with Brynäs IF and doubled his points from the year prior despite playing in nine fewer games.
The World Juniors was a great showcase of Söderström's skill set. He showed that he was a high-end defenseman, finishing fifth on his team in points scored. Team Sweden won bronze at last year's tournament, and it is hard to argue that Söderstrom wasn't a big part of that.
Söderström is the highest rating player on our list who hasn't played in any NHL games. No player seems to hold as much promise for the Coyotes, no one else seems to have a higher ceiling.
Like many other prospects, Söderström's development has been affected by Covid-19. It previously looked like he would be spending the start of the season in the AHL with the Roadrunners to adjust to the North American game.
It looks like the NHL and the AHL will be back soon, although we have yet to get formal announcements.
The delay hasn't hampered Söderström's plans too much. He has been named to Sweden's World Junior roster again and will be competing with other prospects in Edmonton.
Arizona has a lot of defensive prospects that should be a part of the team moving forward. Normally, this would mean Söderström has a lot of competition for a spot, and this is true. But the Skutskär native is one of the team's best prospects in general, let alone one of their best defensemen. Söderström should be a big part of the Coyotes moving forward and he will hopefully be with the main team very soon.