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Simon Edvinsson Is Just Getting Started

from Steve Ellis of The Hockey News,

"He can break you down all by himself."

USA coach Nate Leaman couldn't have said it better about Simon Edvinsson, the 6-foot-6 hulking blueliner from Sweden. He was drafted sixth overall by Detroit in 2021, and with Calder Trophy Winner Moritz Seider already in the lineup, he's not far from giving the Red Wings one of the most feared 1-2 defensive duos in the NHL.

It pays to be bad in some cases. And the Red Wings aren't far away from escaping the bottom.

"Congrats to Detroit," Swedish coach Tomas Montén said with a smile after Sweden's victory over Switzerland to open the 2022 World Junior Championship....

"He's a unique talent," Montén said. "I think it's his size and how he moves, that's what first comes to mind. He's big and can skate and can handle the puck. Usually, those size defensemen are more like stay-at-home D and just rim it off the glass and things like that. Not him... He's an '03, he has some experience, but he's always cool. I think it's a strength."

Edvinsson has made his mark as one of the top players to watch in Edmonton, and that'll sentiment will only continue to grow as the tournament wears on. It can't be understated how good of a prospect he is right now -- like his coach said, he has the speed and size you're looking for, but plays with the mobility you'd expect from someone standing six inches smaller. Throw him beside the 6-foot-4 Seider on the Wings blueline and you've got one tough group to penetrate. Edvinsson's size alone is intimidating, even ignoring the other attributes of his game.

"You see how he handles the puck and just on the blueline how he stands there, it's huge," Austrian forward Ian Scherzer said.

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All those articles are very encouraging

Posted by VPalmer on 08/14/22 at 06:24 PM ET

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I love all of this. A good top D pays more dividends than anything else.

Posted by awould on 08/15/22 at 12:00 AM ET

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It pays to be bad in some cases. And the Red Wings aren’t far away from escaping the bottom.

I hate this.  The boys played hard and they did try to win a lot of games before it got away from them as the season progressed in the second half.  They didn’t intentionally tank like the Pens and the Cawks.  The Wings lost the LaFreniere sweeps, but they more than made up for it drafting Lucas Raymond, whom everyone suddenly is drooling like Pavlov’s Dogs at the mere mention of his name.

I’m cautiously excited for Edvinsson, but he still hasn’t played a North American game yet.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/15/22 at 03:17 PM ET

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Edvinsson didn’t play last night after getting banged up in the previous game against Canada.

he seems to be dealing with some unknown (by us) issue that I hope gets resolved before training camp.

He missed Sweden’s exhibition game the other day, and now missed last nights game too.

The team said they are hoping to have him back for the rest of the tourney.

Posted by Matt_in_MI on 08/16/22 at 09:01 AM ET

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Health is basically all I’m concerned about
when it comes to Detroit’s top young prospects and stars.
Not that there is a history or specific concern.
It’s the X-factor no one can really control completely.
Other than that, these kids - the most recent first round picks
- seem to have it all in terms of skill, smarts, character, etc.

Posted by lefty.30 on 08/16/22 at 04:30 PM ET

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