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Why Carl Soderberg thinks Hawks will be better in 2020-21 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Center Carl Soderberg — who agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Blackhawks on Dec. 26 — thinks the Hawks will be better than last season.
"I was very impressed by them in the playoffs when they played against Edmonton and won that series," Soderberg said on a Zoom call with Blackhawks media Monday. "It's a very good team, and still [has] some veterans, and it's a young team. I think this year [they're] going to be even better and hopefully I can help them."
The 35-year-old forward, who recorded 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 70 games last season for the Arizona Coyotes, was signed after Hawks center Kirby Dach suffered a right-wrist injury during Team Canada's 1-0 exhibition win over Russia on Wednesday at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Witnessing the Hawks' youth movement in the 2020-21 season won't be anything new for Soderberg.
"For me, I know it's a rebuilding team, but it goes quick," he said. "In Colorado a couple years ago, we were rebuilding too and now they're one of the [top] contenders in the league, hopefully this year, it's going to be [the Hawks'] year."
"He was the leading hitter in the NHL a couple years ago (2017-18), that's what he's going to bring. It's going to be there every night, [him] protecting his players," Soderberg said of Zadorov.
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