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Simon Edvinsson Is Another Good Young Defenseman

10/29/2021 at 4:07pm EDT

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

The Detroit Red Wings have a young defenseman on their hands who is blowing away expectations this season and I'm not talking about Moritz Seider – though he certainly qualifies for honorifics himself.

No, I'm talking about Simon Edvinsson, the sixth overall pick in the 2021 draft and one of the best stories of the young SHL season over in Sweden. Playing for a first-place Frolunda squad, Edvinsson has nine points through 15 games, tying him for third in all SHL scoring among blueliners. It's an impressive feat compounded by the fact the 18-year-old is playing in his first full SHL season after splitting last year between the top league, the second-tier Allsvenskan and Sweden's junior circuit.

While Edvinsson had already been on the draft radar, his loan from Frolunda to Vasteras in the Allsvenskan last year enabled the youngster to get more minutes and a bigger shot at offensive contributions. As Frolunda GM Fredrik Sjostrom told me in the lead-up to the draft, it was a developmental move the team was pleased with....

Prior to the draft, I figured Seattle's choice was down to Beniers and Edvinsson, because big, mobile defensemen aren't so easy to come by either – and they went with the center. No problem with that.

But how excited are you as a Detroit fan to see Edvinsson excelling in one of the best leagues in the world already? Edvinsson will undoubtedly play a big role for Sweden at the world juniors in Alberta this winter and his promising upside already seems to be coming to the fore. Here's how one scout put it to me last year:

"The sky is the limit with this guy once he gets stronger," he said. "He's got a puck game, he skates, he gets upset sometimes, which is good to see. He's got some grit to him. He'll be a good one."

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