Red Wings select Elmer Soderblom with no. 159 pick in 2019 NHL Draft

Red Wings look to Sweden again with the 159th overall pick — they took forward Elmer Soderblom out of Frölunda’s junior team.

Here’s what we know:


Position: C/LW
Shoots: Left
Born: Goteburg, SWE
Height: 6’7”
Weight: 220 lbs.


Frölunda HC J20: 44 GP, 9 goals, 8 assists

What are other people saying?

Here’s what Future Considerations says:

A big forward, Soderblom could easily could be mistaken for a power forward due to his size and massive frame. He has a decent wrist shot; very powerful but its accuracy is quite average. He should use his body more offensively, though, to go harder to the net and challenge opposing defenders physically. Could make life harder on the opposition by doing so. He’s more of a stickhandler than a forward that will crash the net and throw big hits. He has trouble creating plays on his own. He has shown that he has some decent skills, can set up his teammates to make a play or dangle past an opposing player despite not being the best puck handler. He often plays at a low tempo, but stillfinds a way to make things happen offensively. He’s good at covering the puck along the boards and with his big body and upper-body strength.

Quick Analysis

Holy hell this guy is huge.

At six-foot-seven, 220 lbs, Soderblom already has a frame built for NHL hockey, but he looks like he’s more than a bruiser. He’s gotten a lot of praise for his soft hands. He’ll need a lot of development, but it’s really hard to ignore a guy with this size so late in the Draft. Soderblom will be a very intriguing prospect to follow. A potential Wayne Simmonds-like player?