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 Swedish wing/center 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.