from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
As the hockey world has veered into August, there's no question the Red Wings' blue line has undergone a distinct facelift.
It's a crowded back end right now with 10 defensemen with NHL experience — and one potential rookie who could be quite impactful....
Can Simon Edvinsson make a similar impact?
Edvinsson, like Seider, is a first-round draft pick who dominated in the Swedish Hockey League — as Seider did before breaking into the NHL — and will arrive in September with a chance to make the NHL.
"Meeting him in person for the first time since we drafted him he's thicker in a good way," Yzerman said after seeing Edvinsson during last month's development camp. "He's very strong, his skating is excellent. We'll give him an opportunity.
"If he's ready to play and play a regular role, that would be great for us. We'll let the whole thing play itself out."
It appears the Wings will give Edvinsson every chance to make the opening night roster — yet it wouldn't be shocking if Edvinsson gets a bit of pro seasoning in Grand Rapids, which Seider had during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season.
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