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Victor Soderstrom Scouting Report: 2019 NHL Draft #12

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 Ben Kerr
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April 11, 2019

 

Skating

Soderstrom is an elite skater which allows him to play an effective two-way game. His speed is exceptional, in both directions. He gets up to speed quickly, with excellent acceleration and a great first step. He also has very good edgework and agility, allowing him to quickly change directions. With good pivots, he transitions from offence to defence and vice-versa quickly. This also allows him to cover huge areas of ice and makes him tough to beat in one-on-one situations. Soderstrom is strong on his skates allowing him to win battles on the boards and in front of the net at the junior level. However, he is a bit undersized and this becomes more apparent when he plays against men. His low centre of gravity can help going forward, provided he adds more muscle to his frame.

Offensive Game

Soderstrom has good vision and passing skills, whether it is starting the rush or quarterbacking the play at the point. He can also make the long breakaway pass in transition. His wrist shot features a quick release but he needs to be more accurate and add power. While he has improved his slap shot over the last year, there is still more work to do. The lack of power in his shot is the biggest limiting factor to his offensive game right now. Soderstrom can handle the puck, skating it out of danger or rushing through the neutral zone.

Soderstrom is a very intelligent player. He reads the play extremely well, whether that be playing at the point on the power play or in leading the rush. His ability to anticipate and read the movements of his teammates and opponents allows him to be creative and create scoring chances.

Defensive Game

Soderstrom is also very good defensively, with a quick stick. He is tough to beat in one-on-one situations and forces opponents to the outside. His positioning is very good as he reads the play well and keeps himself between his opponent and the net. Soderstrom is strong on his skates and willing to play a physical game but is not a big hitter. That said, he battles hard along the boards and in front of the net. This is another area where he will need to get stronger to play this style going forward. He is more comfortable using his stick to poke check an opponent and steal the puck away. He also cuts off passing lanes. Soderstrom uses his skating ability and smarts to maintain good gap control.

Projection and Comparison

Soderstrom projects to be a solid all-around defenceman. There are some size concerns but with the way the NHL is going in recent years, they should not limit his potential. His elite skating and high IQ allows him to compensate for that lack of size. Continued improvement on his slap shot will allow him to become a dynamic threat on the power play. Soderstrom’s game is reminiscent of Hampus Lindholm but this is a style comparison only and not one based on skill or ability.


 

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Sounds like Timothy Liljegren.  No thanks.  Broberg is a player.  That is the guy we want. 

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2 hours ago, canuck73_3 said:

Bob McKenzie reported Vancouver and Toronto as only Canadian cities he gave the OK to. Very reliable source in Bob McKenzie. 

 

As for Panarin here it allows us to load up when needed any combination of Panarin/Boeser/Pettersson/Horvat. 

 

As for what line he would fit on, until we sign and see him in training camp/pre season it's mostly baseless speculation. He fits somewhere in our top 6 probably on line 1, the combination would be up in the air. Could be any mix of Pettersson/Bo/Boeser/Pearson/Baertschi. 

I just don't see the wisdom of adding the kind of salary that Panarin would demand with Petey, Boeser and Hughes still on entry level contracts.  This is the core.  Are they going to pay Panarin more than their core players?

 

Benning has said that he's not interested in signing the sort of player who would demand $11M aav (Karlsson).  He would rather go for a good player at a lesser cap hit.  I would say that Panarin's salary, though not as high, would have a similar impact cap wise

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24 minutes ago, stawns said:

I don't think Panarin comes to Van, but I certainly wouldn't be upset to have a legitimate star playing along side Petey or Bo

Would you consider one of; Connolly, Dzingle or Ferland as being suitable for top six deployment? They are all UFA's coming off of pretty good years and JB might be able to sign one of them at a decent price. All were making approx 1.5 to 1.8 mil/yr on their last contracts but will be looking for a decent bump in salary this year

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5 minutes ago, Kootenay Gold said:

Would you consider one of; Connolly, Dzingle or Ferland as being suitable for top six deployment? They are all UFA's coming off of pretty good years and JB might be able to sign one of them at a decent price. All were making approx 1.5 to 1.8 mil/yr on their last contracts but will be looking for a decent bump in salary this year

I've been on the Ferland bus all along.  He's exactly what we all hoped Big Kass was going to be, and a big missing element on the team.  A slightly unpredictable, little bit crazy, tough as nails guy who can score 20 and protect Petey 

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4 hours ago, stawns said:

Not many teams can absorb the cap hit, even fewer have an up and coming superstar cman to play with.  I don't think he is, but it's not remotely impossible that he signs on Van

I think it is more likely that EK signs with us  -  has good chemistry with Edler, and really took a shining to Petey at the allstar game

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1 minute ago, Googlie said:

I think it is more likely that EK signs with us  -  has good chemistry with Edler, and really took a shining to Petey at the allstar game

That's certainly a possibility.  I'm not so keen on that one, but still would be pretty awesome to have him in blue and green

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23 minutes ago, Crabcakes said:

I just don't see the wisdom of adding the kind of salary that Panarin would demand with Petey, Boeser and Hughes still on entry level contracts.  This is the core.  Are they going to pay Panarin more than their core players?

 

Benning has said that he's not interested in signing the sort of player who would demand $11M aav (Karlsson).  He would rather go for a good player at a lesser cap hit.  I would say that Panarin's salary, though not as high, would have a similar impact cap wise

FA likes cannolis #confirmed Brett Connolly will be signed!

 

 

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39 minutes ago, stawns said:

He also has an obligation to make the absolute most of those young stars' potential as he can and that means making sure they are playing with highly skilled players.

 

I don't think Panarin comes to Van, but I certainly wouldn't be upset to have a legitimate star playing along side Petey or Bo

I'm all aboard the Panarin train. I wasn't sure initially if we should try to make the splash but here is why I think it is a trade that will work out for us in the end. Our young core won't be signing their contracts for another 2 years and the cap will definitely go up significantly once Seattle comes into the league. You can pay him $11M for 6-7 years and as long as he doesn't have too steep of a drop off his contract will be manageable in those final years.  He's been remarkably consistent and still relatively young at 27. At 7 years he will only be 33 so I don't expect too much of a decline. He will instantly complete our top line and we can then focus on filling out our 2nd and 3rd lines.

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19 minutes ago, hammertime said:

FA likes cannolis #confirmed Brett Connolly will be signed!

 

 

Yes... But by whom ??? Re-sign with Washington or some other team... He is a home grown so hopefully that factors into his decision.

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17 minutes ago, TGokou said:

I'm all aboard the Panarin train. I wasn't sure initially if we should try to make the splash but here is why I think it is a trade that will work out for us in the end. Our young core won't be signing their contracts for another 2 years and the cap will definitely go up significantly once Seattle comes into the league. You can pay him $11M for 6-7 years and as long as he doesn't have too steep of a drop off his contract will be manageable in those final years.  He's been remarkably consistent and still relatively young at 27. At 7 years he will only be 33 so I don't expect too much of a decline. He will instantly complete our top line and we can then focus on filling out our 2nd and 3rd lines.

Well, I think they're going to get Boeser at a reasonable hit, and we still don't know where Petey and Hughes are going to go, their next contracts might be reasonable too, making it easier to absorb a UFA cap hit

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Newhook is #15 I know its Belarus but that's pretty slick. Made a kid throw his stick at the ref in frustration on the last one after he danced through everyone 3 on 3. Though that was fully his man at 1:40 hammering the one timer home while Newhook was in outer space. 

 

 

#19 Krebs only time I saw him was when he crashed into Newhook @ 2:20

 

Anyone have a link for streaming full u18 games?

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55 minutes ago, hammertime said:

 

 

Newhook is #15 I know its Belarus but that's pretty slick. Made a kid throw his stick at the ref in frustration on the last one after he danced through everyone 3 on 3. Though that was fully his man at 1:40 hammering the one timer home while Newhook was in outer space. 

 

 

#19 Krebs only time I saw him was when he crashed into Newhook @ 2:20

 

Anyone have a link for streaming full u18 games?

Newhook looked Barzal-like on the last 2 goals. Definitely lost on the goal against, not a good look defensively, but he accelerates so quickly. Thanks for posting.

 

Not sure about the pre-tournament games, but I'm pretty sure you can watch the games in full on TSN.ca/live . Sign-in, put in your service provider + account, then find it in games on demand at the bottom.

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2 hours ago, stawns said:

Well, I think they're going to get Boeser at a reasonable hit, and we still don't know where Petey and Hughes are going to go, their next contracts might be reasonable too, making it easier to absorb a UFA cap hit

I think so. Unless Petey goes ahead and scores 100 pts in the next two seasons I can't see him making more than 10M? Boeser I'm expecting anywhere between 7-7.5M. Hughes, anyone's guess right now...probably around 6-7 if he reaches 50 pts? Mind you this is at todays rate. I fully expect the cap...and player's salaries to jump significantly in next year or so. 

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3 minutes ago, kenhodgejr said:

Newhook Pettersson Boeser 

I really want this kid he's so unbelievably fast. None of the other prospects in our range get me out of my seat the way he does. I like Boldy he's a great complementary player and will make any line he's on better. I like Sieder feel he's underrated and under-scouted. He's BIG nasty and fast and has a diverse arsenal of shots. I like Lavoi he's got the markings of that big game PWF the Canucks haven't had since the Sedins were in diapers. But nobody get's me outa my seat like Newhook. 

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21 minutes ago, kenhodgejr said:

Newhook Pettersson Boeser 

That has a nice look to it.  Then attack them with:

 

Pearson Horvat Ferland  

 

makes a nice combo once Newhook is ready.

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1 hour ago, TGokou said:

I think so. Unless Petey goes ahead and scores 100 pts in the next two seasons I can't see him making more than 10M? Boeser I'm expecting anywhere between 7-7.5M. Hughes, anyone's guess right now...probably around 6-7 if he reaches 50 pts? Mind you this is at todays rate. I fully expect the cap...and player's salaries to jump significantly in next year or so. 

I think you’re right.  Signing Panarin still allows for the rest of the core to be signed.  Having that skill injected along with a new pick and we’re in great shape.

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