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The Wings Are Getting Healthy And The Frolunda Express

02/21/2022 at 4:55pm EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

A veteran forward is on the near horizon for the Detroit Red Wings, which could squeeze out a younger one.

Carter Rowney, sidelined since Jan. 4 with a lower-body injury, practiced Monday, and if he's not ready as soon as Wednesday when the Wings host the Colorado Avalanche, the expectation is Rowney will be cleared for the following game, Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ditto for Vladislav Namestnikov, who has missed the last two games.

"We're using today’s skate as little bit of an evaluation, to get a feel for where those guys are at," coach Jeff Blashill said after the Wings' first practice in three days. Forward Jakub Vrana also was on the ice, but he's coming back from shoulder surgery and has only just dipped into contact practices.

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Edvinsson, 19, will be given every opportunity to play in Detroit in 2022-23. He boasts a goal and 13 points in 30 games for Frolunda. Edvinsson is 6-foot-4 and can skate. He can carry the puck effectively and his defensive play has been solid. When you kill penalties at 19, you have to be doing something right. He could end up being a perfect fit with Moritz Seider.

Soderblom’s 17 goals as a 20-year-old in Sweden has caught everyone’s attention in Detroit. He was drafted 159th in the 2019 draft, but when the Athletic redrafted that class last fall Soderblom was drafted 34th.

Don’t think for a minute that the Red Wings have landed a beastly player. Soderblom’s size is great because it gives him impressive reach. He’s close to 240 pounds. But he is not a physical player. Soderblom is a finesse offensive player. He likely will spend time in Grand Rapids while he adjusts to the North American game.

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