2017-18 Stats: 2.79 GAA .894 SV% (On loan to HV71 SHL)
Cap Hit: $803,333 million | 2 Years
The New York Islanders fourth-round pick in 2014 is making his way to North America this year. After years in Sweden, Soderstrom is crossing the Atlantic and starting his career towards the NHL.
In his last two seasons playing in Sweden’s SHL for HV71, Soderstrom has an average 2.06 GAA and a .919 SV% in 36 games played. He’s also a 2.15 GAA and .921 SV% in 21 games for the Sweden U20 side between 2014-15 and 2015-16.
In 2016-17 as HV71 captured the SHL’s Le Mat Trophy, Linus Soderstrom also broke a regular season goaltending record. His 1.34 GAA was the lowest recorded since Henrik Lundqvist’s 1.45GAA in 20 games back in the 2002-03 season.
Those aren’t exactly Ilya Sorokin numbers, who sits with an average 1.42 GAA, .937 SV%, and 23 shutouts over the last three season. But Soderstrom’s numbers aren’t that far off. And unlike the Isles Russian goalie prospect, Soderstrom is actually coming to play in North America.
Don’t worry, the tall Swedish goalkeeper won’t be on the Islanders starting 23-man active roster for the 2018-19. This won’t be a reprieve of Garth Snow’s roster construction from two years ago where three goalies sat on the active roster.
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Going into 2018-19 Soderstrom will be the Islanders third choice keeper. Of course, that could all change if both Lehner and Greiss continue their form from 2017-18. Or if either of them is sidelined via injury during the season. Or if he has an outstanding training camp.