It didn’t take long for a Red Wings prospect to pull of a dazzling play in the opening days of the 2021 World Juniors. 2019 6th-round pick Elmer Soderblom went between the legs to score a power-play goal for Sweden late in the 3rd period Saturday afternoon against Team Czech Republic:
Another angle of this ridiculous Soderblom goal. pic.twitter.com/oSEJgfdBRU— EP Rinkside (@EPRinkside) December 26, 2020
The primary assist on this play came from Red Wings 2020 first-round selection Lucas Raymond. The goal for Soderblom was his second point of the day, after registering an assist on a goal by Theodor Niederbach, one of the Red Wings 2nd round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft.
Soderblom is an interesting prospect. He’s massive — six-foot-eight-inches, 238 pounds of raw talent. While he has a big frame, he’s shown some real soft hands since being drafted in 2019. He’s playing a big role on Team Sweden as the net-front presence... Something that we may see if he makes it to the NHL one day.
The Red Wings have four prospects playing on Team Sweden in the 2021 WJC: Lucas Raymond (2020 1st round pick), Elmer Soderblom (2019 6th round pick), Albert Johansson (2019 2nd round pick), Theodor Niederbach (2020 2nd round pick), and Gustav Berglund (2019 6th round pick).
Berglund did not dress for Saturday’s game.