On Wednesday, Söderblom, who plays for Frölunda Gothenburg of the Swedish Hockey League, was named Young Player of the Year, which is given to the most valuable U22 player in European hockey during the past season.
Söderblom beat how his fellow Red Wings prospect Simon Edvinsson and Juraj Slafkovsky for the award.
Elmer Söderblom, @Fjallraven_Swe Young Player of the Year: “It was great to play in front of the fans again this season after the pandemic. @frolunda_hc has been huge for my development. The way they develop players is something special.” #EHCAwards2022 @DetroitRedWings pic.twitter.com/rBJ8E1AfR2
— EuropeanHockeyClubs (@EHCAlliance) June 15, 2022
Detroit Red Wings prospect Elmer Söderblom lands big-time award
Söderblom led his team in scoring with 21 goals and 12 assists in 52 games. He was also named to the Swedish national team and recently signed a three-year contract with the Red Wings.
From Euro Hockey Clubs:
Elmer Söderblom (Frölunda Gothenburg, SWE/SHL) – This was the season when Elmer Söderblom grew into his 202cm, 114kg frame. The 20-year-old led his team in scoring with 21 goals and 12 assists in 52 games and the SHL in 5-on-5 goals. He added 6 points in 9 playoff games. Displaying the ability to score when it matters, Söderholm led the league in game-winning goals with 8, adding one in the playoffs. He also excelled in the Champions Hockey League, scoring 9 points (6+3) in 11 games. At the end of the season, Söderholm was named to the Swedish national team and on 9 June signed a three-year contract with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.
“It’s a great honour to win this award with all the great players who have won it before and all the others who were nominated,” said Söderblom. “It was great to play in front of the fans again this season after the pandemic and I would like to thank them, and also my teammates. Frölunda has been huge for me and for my development. I think their program and the way they develop players is something special.”
Stick taps for Elmer! 👏 pic.twitter.com/PfsDmVV2Bk
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 16, 2022
Nation, how long do you think it will be until Elmer Söderblom makes an impact with the Detroit Red Wings?