The New York Islanders skipped on trading for Philipp Grubauer, instead, they kept their draft picks. They also didn’t trade any of their picks and opted to use them to draft players. Which means that the Islanders still don’t have a starting goalie.
Soderstrom is making his debut in North America this season. His goal, like any goalie, is to become a starting goalie in the NHL. He’s got to see the Islanders vacancy in net as an opening towards that goal.
We know what Soderstrom has done in his native Sweden. Two seasons ago he helped HV71 capture the Le Mat Trophy with a 1.34 GAA and .943SV% in the regular season and a 2.11 GAA and .922SV% in the playoffs.
But because this is his North American debut it’s hard to assess how he’ll play on the smaller ice surface. He’s still an unknown quantity when it comes to the North American game.
Mini-Camp will be an opportunity for Soderstrom to show the Islanders brass what he can do. It’s going to take one heck of a Mini-Camp and training camp for the team to make him the starter. But his play will go a long way into helping the team decide a course of action in nets for the next few years.
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A good showing might just have them think they can have him start after a season in the AHL. If that’s the case, it might alter who they approach in the offseason. Carter Hutton on a one-year deal, while they wait for Soderstrom, makes sense.