23 Options for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2024 Draft - Stian Solberg

The Norwegian defenseman rose his stock heavily after a strong performance at the Men's Worlds
Norway's Stian Solberg (#72) at the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Czechia
Norway's Stian Solberg (#72) at the 2024 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Czechia / RvS.Media/Robert Hradil/GettyImages
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INTRODUCTION

Stian Solberg is a left-handed defenseman from Norway who plays for Valerenga in the Norwegian top men's division. Solberg is 6'1 and 205lbs.

Solberg played the entire season in Norway against men, getting 5 goals, 10 assists & 15 points in 41 games for Valerenga.

Solberg has played in the Norwegian men's league since he was 16 years old. Solberg also played at the World Championship for the Norwegians, getting 2 goals and 3 points in 7 games. He also played at the World Juniors, his first and only taste of competition against his own age group this year, although he played a lot more defensive, and had jut 2 points for the Norwegians, who were relegated.

Solberg is ranked 15th by TSN's Craig Button, 23rd by Sportsnet's Jason Bukala, and 45th in Bob Mckenzie's rankings, but are from March, so pre-WC. Likely to be higher once the final rankings come out.

One of the bigger risers in this draft class, Solberg was quietly performing even before the international boom, he just went under the radar. Here's what I took from Solberg's game throughout the season.