It’s been almost a decade in the making but the Bruins will finally get to see how good Swedish prospect Carl Soderberg can be at the NHL level.

The 28-year-old Swede was finally healthy enough to play in a game this season on Saturday night and flashed so many of the skills that became readily apparent throughout training camp this fall. Clearly he was happy to be back in the lineup for Saturday night’s 5-0 win over the Lightning and was doubly pleased to be reunited on the third line with Chris Kelly where much more offense should be expected this season.

“I felt good. It was great to be back” said Soderberg. “I’ve played with [Kelly] before and I really like playing with him. [Marchand] is a great player so I thought we played really good together. I’m just happy to be back. It’s really hard to stay out actually. We played one of our best games of the season.”

That’s actually a mouthful for a unique character in Soderberg who tends to give a lot of one word answers to questions to the media. It was to the point last week in Florida that Shawn Thornton gave Soderberg a congratulatory “That’s the way to answer ‘em Belichick!” after the Swedish forward gave a “yes” or “no” answer to a query about his ankle.

On the ice it took one shift in the second period of the Tampa game to show much of the offensive arsenal the Soderberg will feature this season . . .

He stumbled hopping over the boards to the mock cheer of the crowd in Tampa Bay but then he grabbed the puck as he crossed over the offensive blue line and dangled through the heart of a soft Lightning defense.

The sight of the 6-foot-3 200-pounder closing in on the front of the net drew the Tampa Bay defenders toward him and he spotted Loui Eriksson wide open on the doorstep waiting for the finishing tap. In one of the few signs of rust after not playing for the last two weeks with a sprained ankle Soderberg’s bouncing pass skipped over Eriksson’s stick and the Bruins Swedish dynamic duo missed their first shot to hook up on a goal this season.