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The Future Is Bright For Simon Edvinsson

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Edvinsson is similar in size to Seider, standing 6 feet 5 and 207 pounds. That's an advantage, especially for young players, making it less likely opponents try to intimidate them as they adjust to the NHL. Edvinsson is highly skilled, too. He's enjoying a really good season with Frölunda, with whom he has one goal and 10 assists after 18 games. He has played as much as 25 minutes some nights, and averages about 20 minute of ice time. That’s an impressive pace for an 18-year-old in his first full season in the SHL.

Yzerman has been firm the Wings won’t rush prospects, but Raymond was brought over at 19, and he has looked like he belonged in the NHL from his first game. Defense is a harder position, but Edvinsson has that same poise that allowed Seider to succeed in men’s leagues at an early age.

Yzerman has done a masterful job integrating young players, making sure they have a veteran to help ease the transition. Seider and Filip Hronek mostly have played with a rotation of Danny DeKeyser, Marc Staal and Nick Leddy.

Next season is long ways off, but Edvinsson projects to be a part of it with the way he has played so far in the SHL. A season or so past that, the Wings may have a top defense pairing of Edvinsson and Seider — one that, given their ages, could be defending Detroit’s blue line for a decade.

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