Veteran European stars sometimes find it difficult transitioning to North America. That was not the case with Soderberg once he decided to join the NHL and was allowed to do so.
A gifted playmaker with a strong defensive game and superior puck smarts that enable him to perform despite being nearly blind in his left eye, the Sweden-born forward was a second-round pick of the St. Louis Blues (No. 49) in the 2004 NHL Draft. A homesick Soderberg left his first Blues training camp in September of 2006 at age 20 rather than report to the team's AHL affiliate.