Carl Soderberg is back on the ice for the Boston Bruins. He skated alone and may be looking to return to the lineup. The question here is not whether or not Soderberg is ready to return but where he is going to play when he does. Whose spot does Soderberg take? Everyone seems to think the answer is Jordan Caron on the third line.
That may be the worst place to play Soderberg in the upcoming games. Caron has proven that he is ready to play this year and has been a pleasant offensive surprise early on for the Bruins. While other Bruins like David Krejci and Loui Eriksson have yet to find their stride in the early season, Caron has been moving his legs and driving to the net with a purpose.
While Caron is playing to keep himself in the lineup, Claude Julien is going to have to decide on what to do with Soderberg. The expectations for Soderberg are high in Boston after he was supposed to be this fantastic player from Europe that the Bruins signed last year. He is a big body and in theory should be able to play the style of hockey the Bruins like. The problem is due to the ankle injury and limited exposure in last year’s playoffs no one really knows what to expect from Soderberg. While Caron is giving the Bruins something he should be the last person to lose his spot in the lineup. Reilly Smith may be one option, but the third line for the Bruins has been anything but terrible.
Julien is going to have a tough decision to make, and hopefully he makes the right one.