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A Week In Sweden

02/20/2022 at 9:11am EST

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

I came to Gothenburg, of course, to watch and speak with four of the six Frölunda prospects the Red Wings have drafted over the past three seasons (Gustav Berglund is no longer with Frölunda, and Lucas Raymond is already in the NHL). I picked a good week to come, too: Over the course of that three-game homestand, Elmer Söderblom scored in each game — including a big-time tiebreaking goal Saturday — Theodor Niederbach scored three times, Simon Edvinsson had an assist and displayed sublime two-way instincts, and Liam Dower Nilsson got some steady run in two SHL games while continuing to pile up the points against his peers in the J20 league....

I will say right now, though, that I finished the trip thinking Edvinsson has a great shot to play in the NHL next season, including right away. He’s already playing beyond his years against pros, and in addition to possessing a great defensive stick, his game manages to straddle the ever-difficult line between fearless and smart....

Söderblom, meanwhile, was a force. His 17 goals rank seventh among all SHL skaters, and he’s just 20 years old. On Saturday, he picked up a deflected puck, beat a defender inside, then held him off as he launched a rocket into the net.

In addition to his obvious physical tools, his shot was eye-popping all week, and although there remains some developmental road in front of him, his performance at that age in the SHL is impressive.

“His development has just skyrocketed,” said Söderblom’s linemate and the SHL’s leading point scorer, Ryan Lasch. “His upside’s huge, in my opinion, obviously. The way he’s looked the last couple months here, his confidence has just grown, and with that his game has grown, too.”

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