Elmer Soderblom was the surprise story of the 2022 training camp for the Detroit Red Wings. The hulking Swedish forward wound up cracking the club’s roster and scored his first NHL goal in the season-opening win over the Montreal Canadiens.
An injury incurred while blocking a shot ultimately derailed his season. Soberblom wound up spending almost as many games with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins (20) as he did with Detroit (21). Oddly enough, his totals were identical with both clubs – 5-3-8.
Elmer Soderblom does whatever he wants 👀😂 pic.twitter.com/ePKYigatOn
— Gino Hard (@GinoHard_) October 18, 2022
Elmer is still trying to show he’s NHL stuff and the same is true for his older brother. A goaltender in the Chicago Blackhawks system, Arvid Soderblom turned pro in 2021. So far, he’s seen action in 18 NHL games for the Blackhawks, including a career-high 15 last season. Like Elmer, Arvid will be heading to training camp looking to make his mark. Also like Elmer, at this point both brothers are looking to be longshots when it comes to starting the season on an NHL roster.
Nill Agrees To Contract Extension
Recently the winner of the NHL GM of the Year award, Jim Nill and the Dallas Stars are in agreement on a contract extension that will be keeping him with the club through 2026.
Nill spent the majority of his NHL days with the Red Wings. He was a Detroit forward from 1988-90. Later, Nill would serve as the club’s assistant GM from 1998-2013. He left to take over as GM of the Stars.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Former Red Wings forward Dominik Kubalik wasn’t caught by surprise when Detroit was trading him to the Ottawa Senators in the Alex DeBrincat deal
- Detroit isn’t getting much love from Sportsnet in the network’s NHL power rankings
- There are reports out of Sweden that Red Wings 2023 draft pick Noah Dower Nilsson has undergone shoulder surgery and will miss two months
- Here’s a road map of how Detroit might be able to score its way to 271 goals next season
Red Wings Offseason
Another piece of the Jakub Vrana-Anthony Mantha deal is on the move during this offseason. Forward Richard Panik’s Detroit days lasted just 12 games. He was part of the package going to the New York Islanders in 2021 in the Nick Leddy trade. Last season, Panik played for Lausanne of the Swiss League. The Slovakian-born Panik recently signed with Trinec of the Czech Extraliga.
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