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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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Elmer Soderblom’s Growth

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings prospect Elmer Soderblom is what hockey scouts like to call a late bloomer. Selected in the sixth round of the 2019 NHL entry draft at 149th overall, Soderblom today stands out in the crowd amongst the club’s top NHL hopefuls – both literally and figuratively.

At 6-foot-8 and 249 pounds, it’s hard not to notice Soderblom. After a 21-goal season for Frolunda in the SHL, it’s difficult to contain the excitement of what might lay ahead for the 21-year-old Swede.

“He’s a mountain,” fellow Red Wings prospect Simon Edvinsson, his teammate at Frolunda, said of Soderblom. “He likes to score goals. He’s a good goal-scorer, a great protector of the puck. He’s a great skater.

“In general he’s had tremendous development last year. When you see him here for the first time you’re going to recognize him. He’s a really great player.”...

When it comes to tapping into Soderblom’s potential, it might be wise for everyone to tap the brakes. History shows that Soderblom doesn’t take steps up the hockey ladder in one giant leap. He tends to be more about making baby steps into every level of the game.

“He’s kind of got a profile that is a bit all over,” explained NHL prospect expert Byron Bader of HockeyProspecting.com. “He’s kind of up and down, which is not very common.”

The evidence is backing up this assessment. At the U16 level in Sweden, Soderblom’s goal production jumped from two in his first season to 23 in his second year. Moving to U18, he went from zero goals to 15 in consecutive campaigns. At the U20 level, Soderblom’s season-by-season goal output was 0-9-29. Finally, in the senior SHL, Sweden’s top level, Soderblom’s three-season goal output was 0-3-21.

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Videos- A Nice Night For Carter Mazur

from David Morassutti of Sportsnet,

2nd Star: Carter Mazur, USA
Coming into the tournament, Carter Mazur is looking to build off an impressive season at the University of Denver.

While he was in a scoring slump in his first NCAA season, the Detroit Red Wings prospect made a call to his NHL team’s assistant director of player development, Daniel Cleary. After that, he would go on to finish with 14 goals and 38 points in 41 games.

Those tips have now turned Mazur into a scoring machine as he accounted for two of the team’s seven goals and was also named the player of the game as the top line of Mazur, Landon Slaggert, and Thomas Bordeleau had an impressive performance against Switzerland

After a scoreless first period, Mazur wasn’t going to make any mistake on a point-blank chance in front of the net with Mackie Samoskevich making a great pass from behind the net.

With the Americans looking to add to their lead, Mazur was once again the beneficiary of a great pass from Slaggert as he made no mistake from the front of the net.

He added another assist on Slaggert’s goal later in the period for his third point of the game. Through his first two games at the world juniors, Mazur has four points and is tied for sixth in scoring.

read on for the 3rd and 1st star of the night...

Below, watch both of Mazur's goals.

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Video- Talking With Alex Nedeljkovic

via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

Red Wings Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic joins Daniella Bruce & Art Regner to talk about his off season, his relationship with Ville Husso, flying with The Blue Angels and more on this edition of The Word On Woodward.

Watch the 22 minute video below.

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Video- Talking With Michael Rasmussen

Carley Johnston sits down with Michael Rasmussen  to discuss a few topics in this 10 minute interview.

 

 

addded 10:49am, Wings make the signing of Jake Walman official.

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The WJC Games Today

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

On Tap for Day 2
All games on NHL Network in U.S., TSN and RDS in Canada

Sweden vs. Switzerland (2 p.m. ET) -- Sweden coach Tomas Monten said the goaltending, led by Jesper Wallstedt (Minnesota Wild), could be the best he's had in his six tournaments. The 19-year-old led the Swedish Hockey League with a 1.98 goals-against average and was fourth with a .918 save percentage in 22 games for Lulea last season. Sweden also has a deep group of forwards that could be led by Jonathan Lekkerimaki (Vancouver Canucks), who helped Sweden win the 2022 IIHF Under-18 World Championship with a tournament-best 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in six games. Forward Simon Knak (Nashville Predators) and defenseman Brian Zanetti (Philadelphia Flyers) will be relied upon to help Switzerland improve on its ninth-place finish from the 2021 WJC.

Latvia vs. Canada (6 p.m. ET)

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Detroit’s Salary Cap Picture

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Wings Sign Jake Walman Before Arbitration

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Video- This Is Tyler Bertuzzi

His top plays from the past season.

 

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The Detroit Red Wings Will Return To Centre Ice In Traverse City

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman today announced that the Red Wings will return to Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., to host the NHL Prospect Tournament and Training Camp, as well as the 2022 Training Camp Golf Classic at the Traverse City Country Club

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