Year after year, as Carl Soderberg repeatedly shunned their attempts to bring him to the NHL, the Bruins never lost interest. That tells you they see something special in the big Swedish forward.

Their persistence since acquiring his rights from St. Louis in 2007 finally was rewarded yesterday when they reportedly secured the 27-year-old’s release from Linkopings HC of the Swedish Elite League and signed him to a multi-year contract. The last obstacle was getting the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation to approve Soderberg’s transfer.

Presumably, the B’s soon will have the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, and he will be able to play at least five or six regular-season games and then the playoffs. Soderberg, a left-handed shot, has played center in Sweden but likely will begin his NHL career on the left wing.

“I think we’d like to try him on the wing first and see if he’s comfortable there,” Bruins president Cam Neely said yesterday on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “Obviously, playing center at this level is not as easy as it may appear, with coverage down low and both corners. Understanding that part of the game takes some time. Who knows how quick a study he’ll be.”

It’s understandable that the offensively challenged B’s are excited about Soderberg, who had 31 goals and 29 assists in 54 games this season in a league known for tight defense and low-scoring contests. Producing in the NHL, however, is a different story.

“He’s played against men in the Swedish Elite League and has had success doing it,” Neely said. “It’s just a matter of getting adjusted to the North American style. (In Europe, there is a) bigger ice surface and less contact. But he’s a big body. He protects the puck well. He skates well. He’s got a good shot. But we have to temper this a little bit if he does get over here based on getting adjusted to this style of game.”