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Three Detroit Prospects Headed To The WJC

12/09/2021 at 10:38am EST

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Three more pieces of the future of the Detroit Red Wings will be on display at the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship. Defenseman Simon Edvinsson and forward Theodor Niederbach have been selected to represent Sweden in the event. Defenseman Eemil Viro will be playing for Finland.

Edvinsson, 18, was the Red Wings’ top pick, sixth overall, in the 2021 NHL entry draft. He’s off to a strong start with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League. Edvinsson has put up 1-10-11 totals and a +5 rating in 22 games.

“He’s a big, rangy D that can really skate,” Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman. “He’s got good puck skills. We just see his potential to be a defenseman that can log a lot of minutes and be a solid defender that can add some offense as well.

“We like his skating ability, his size, his reach. We’re hoping he can become a big-minute defenseman for us.”

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