Rated 43 in the Hockey News Draft Preview printed edition.
-He was one of the top rated Euro goalies for this years class
-Is signed in the SEL, Swedish Elite League 2015-16.
Linus Soderstrom European Goalie - Djurgarden Jr., SWEDEN-JR.
FINAL RANK: 3 MIDTERM RANK: 6
POSITION: Goalie CATCHES: Left
HEIGHT: 6' 4" WEIGHT: 187
BORN: August 23, 1996
BORN IN: Stockholm, SWE
DRAFTED: 2014: NYI (4th Round / 95th Overall) New York Islanders
Linus Soderstrom, G – Djurgarden (Swe.)
Only one goalie in Sweden’s junior North circuit has faced more shots than Soderstrom, who is playing for a middling Djurgarden squad and standing tall. Big, quick and calm, Soderstrom doesn’t overplay in net and has a .915 save percentage, good for third overall in the North. Draft eligible in 2014.
19. LINUS SODERSTROM
Djurgarden – SweJE
Born: Aug 23/96
Size/Strength Very Good
Quickness/Foot speed Good
Rebound Control Good
Glove Very Good
Lateral Movement Very Good
Stick Use Average
Puck Handling Skill B.Average
Soderstrom was excellent for Sweden at the U18s and elevated his game this season with Djurgarden J20. He possesses a big frame and good net coverage without over-challenging, not one to play outside of his crease often. Utilizes his size well to see around traffic and never takes his eye off the developing play. Lateral movement and extension in the butterfly is good. Doesn’t show willingness to get out and play the puck... hesitation in his ability. Some control issues in lateral movement that will be refined as he adds explosiveness and strength to his lower body. Soderstrom proved to have that game-breaking ability that he showed throughout the U18 World Championships. His frame and technical skills are intriguing and show good potential for the next level when looking at his entire package that he brings to the table.
ISS Scout S.Cocker: “Soderstrom possesses an incredible total package as a goaltender… raw frame, controlled lateral movement and a calm, focused demeanor between the pipes. Seems to elevate his game when he is needed the most. Could be a riser come Draft day”.
ISS Scout O.Lahdesmaki: “Calm, well postured goaltender, pays attention to the details. Good coverage on net, while glove/blocker are quick. Some inconsistency during U-18, but was solid when it mattered the most”.
Possesses a good projectable frame and raw skill-set to be an interesting development case