For NHL standards, 32-year-old Carl Soderberg is a grizzled old veteran waiting to be replaced by a young up-and-coming star. It also doesn’t help his case that he plays for a team that has preached developing younger players at the NHL level. The Colorado Avalanche are the youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 25. Soderberg is one of just two regulars on the team in their 30’s.Taking all of this into consideration, Soderberg should be on his last leg. This would especially make sense after his horrid season on a faltering Avs club last year, which led to him being a healthy scratch on opening night this past October. But despite all of the odds being stacked against him, Carl Soderberg is actually having the most underrated offensive season of his six-year NHL career. Soderberg played his first three seasons in the NHL with the Boston Bruins after coming over from Sweden. In 2012-13, he appeared in just six regular season games and two Stanley Cup playoff games in Boston’s run to the Cup Final. Basically, Soderberg is currently participating in his fifth full season in the NHL. Soderberg’s rise through the Avs’ depth chart this season started after he was eventually paired up with Blake Comeau and Matt Nieto.
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