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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"Solberg is already getting that “throwback defender” label as he plays with a high amount of energy and intensity. Though, he has the skillset and ability to be effective offensively in today’s game." - Peter Baracchini- (The Hockey Writers)

"I don't see top-end puck play, but over the course of the season I came around on that aspect of his game. He can make a first pass and shows enough touch to go with tremendous defensive work, projecting as a legit top-four NHL defender." - Corey Pronman (The Athletic)

"His style should really work on North American ice/in the North American game when he eventually comes over, too. He has moved his proejction from a third-pairing one to a potential top-four one." - Scott Wheeler (The Athletic)

"While the massive amounts of time and space in Norwegian pro hockey limits his ability to flash NHL-style offensive plays, we’ve seen enough of his tools, instincts, and defensive habits to justify a top 55 ranking." - Sebastian High (DobberProspects)

“A defenceman who can play big minutes, control the game, power play, penalty killing. He’s pushed himself right into that upper part of the first round.” - Craig Button (TSN)


In conclusion, Solberg would be a great addition to the Torotno Maple Leafs, should he be available when the select.