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'Detroit's' Swedes Ready For The WJC

08/05/2022 at 6:57am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The tournament will serve as a warmup for Simon Edvinsson prior to training camp, where the sixth overall pick in 2021 will compete for a spot on the Red Wings’ blue line.

Defenseman William Wallinder and forward Theodor Niederbach, second-round selections in 2020 (32nd and 51st), will return to Sweden for another season of development with Rogle BK....

“When I was a little kid, I always wanted to play in the World Junior Championship,” Edvinsson, 19, said. “I just played two games. That hunger goes a little bit more. I think that’s a good run-up to be prepared for training camp.”

The Red Wings will give Edvinsson, a big, mobile left-shooting defenseman (6-6, 205), a prime opportunity to make the team in camp and the preseason after he flourished at Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League. ...

Wallinder, 20, wasn’t selected by Sweden in December, but a strong second half during his first season with Rogle apparently helped his cause.

“I got my game going, my defensive game started to work out,” Wallinder said at Red Wings development camp last month. “This season felt like everything was coming into place and all my defensive issues from the past and everything is good now.”

Wallinder (6-4, 190) was a huge fan of former Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who works with the team’s prospects, particularly the defensemen, as an assistant director of player development.

“I liked his hits,” Wallinder said. “It’s great to work with him. He’s got a lot of experience. Just to learn from him and listen to what he says. … Everything in my game, all the small details.”

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