7:38 pm: CapFriendly has announced the terms of the deal, which carries a cap hit of $878,333:
2022-23: $750,000 base + $92,500 signing bonus + $82,500 performance bonus
2023-24: $775,000 base + $92,500 signing bonus + $57,500 performance bonus
2024-25: $832,500 base + $92,500 signing bonus
The contract carries a minor salary of $70,000 in all three seasons.
1:12 pm: The Detroit Red Wings have signed another interesting Swedish prospect, this time inking Elmer Soderblom to a three-year entry-level contract. The sixth-round pick is coming off a breakout season with Frolunda of the SHL.
It’s hard to focus on anything other than the size of Soderblom, given his 6’8″ frame. The massive forward is finally starting to find his way offensively though, leading to a very interesting package of size and skill. In 52 games this season he registered 21 goals, good enough to tie him for seventh in league scoring. If he can continue the same development trajectory, the Red Wings might have found a late-round steal that can actually contribute to their lineup down the road.
They certainly would have gotten a good look. Soderblom has played with top prospect Simon Edvinsson on Frolunda going back to their junior days, meaning the Red Wings have seen his progression first hand while watching their prized draft pick recently. Signing him now will get him into the organization, and since his contract has expired in Sweden, it could actually mean he’ll be joining the Grand Rapids Griffins next season.
Even if he goes back for another year, the 20-year-old Soderblom is a player to watch for Detroit fans and one that has a massive ceiling if he can continue to marry size and skill as he did this year. His entry-level deal will kick in no matter where he plays, making him an RFA in the summer of 2025.
Looking forward to a line of Rasmussen, Soderblom and Sundqvist soon!
With Edvinsson and Seider on defense and Cossa in net. All giants!
Would love to see him use his size to his advantage and become Thomas Holmstrom v2.0..maybe the Wings can even assign him # 96
Would be Holmstrom 25.0 dudes a tank with silky mitts. I saypark him in front of the goalie on te PP and let him do is thing during 5v5
Yes and learn to play with a left handed stick held right handed.
He’s Rantanen in the making