The outbreak of the coronavirus has caused many things to be put on hold. And while the NHL is currently just indefinitely suspended, a majority of hockey leagues around the world have canceled their seasons. This is especially true for most of the leagues where prospects play. And since there isn’t much to do we are going to start looking at prospects early.
Team: Brynäs IF
Regular Season Games Played: 35
World Juniors Games Played: 7
World Juniors Goals: 1
World Juniors Assists: 6
The Arizona Coyotes and General Manager John Chayka really wanted to draft Victor Söderström. So much that they traded their first and second-round pick in the draft to acquire the Swedish defenseman.
Arizona had a few options when it came to Söderström this past season. Because he came from the SHL the Coyotes could have assigned him to the AHL to play with the Tucson Roadrunners, but they choose to have him stay with Brynäs IF.
Given his play last season it would seem that the Coyotes made the right decision. Söderström played well in the SHL and went on to have a dominant performance at the World Juniors.
The 2020 World Juniors was were Söderström really started to gain attention. Corey Pronman wrote about his stand out performance stating “[h]is high-end skill and hockey IQ were consistently on display, and he made some of the best offensive plays I saw from a defenseman, while also being steady defensively.” Scott Wheeler also took notice, and in his recent rating of NHL prospect pools, he listed Söderström as the Desert Dogs’ top prospect.
With his season in Europe over, Craig Morgan stated last month that Söderström is going to be in Arizona next season. Söderström is going to need to adjust to a North American game and the best place to do that will be in North America.
With Söderström the Coyotes have another young, high-end defensive prospect. The Coyotes have only two defensemen signed long-term, and Söderström’s development next season is going to have a big impact on how the Coyotes move forward.