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Detroit Red Wings tie Simon Edvinsson to three-year deal

On Sunday afternoon, the Detroit Red Wings announced the signing of former first-round pick Simon Edvinsson.

The Detroit Red Wings drafted left-handed defenseman Simon Edvinsson in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft. Edvinsson, who has been in the SHL with Frolunda HC for the past four seasons, has been nothing but spectacular in every way you can imagine.

Edvinsson was one of the highest-ranked players in the NHL Draft last season, and the Red Wings were lucky enough to land the future superstar defenseman. Even better, this pick, if successful, would give right-handed defender Mortiz Seider a great counterpart.

Simon Edvinsson reconnaissance reports

So, for those of you unfamiliar with Simon Edvinsson’s game, I decided it would be best if you heard it from some of the NHL’s top draft scouts:

Here’s what Corey Pronman of “The Athletic’s” had to say about Simon Edvinsson:

“Edvinsson has been impressive in the junior ranks in Sweden. He was good, but not amazing at various professional levels and was an anchor for the Swedish U18 team at international level. He instantly stands out as a 6-foot-4 defenseman with legit offensive skills. It’s rare to see a player of his size lead a run or make a play off the blue line and swing through his opponents consistently the way he does. Edvinsson is also a very good skater for his size. His immediate speed is just ok, but he has great edge work, showing the first step and quick turns to escape pressure and create clean exits and entries. Defensively, his size and his skating allow him to close the gaps and make a lot of saves and he is not afraid to be physical. He’s not a dynamic playmaker, but Edvinsson can make the first one-on-one pass and shows some balance on the power play. In one sentence, Edvinsson projects himself as a top-four quality defenseman and on a power-play unit with the potential to play higher up an NHL roster.

Here’s what Scott Wheeler of “The Athletic” had to say about Simon Edvinsson:

“Edvinsson is a contradiction and my consistent 180 in terms of standing on him versus the rest of the top prospects in this draft is also contradictory. It’s just impossible to get a real pulse. I fell in love with him at the end from last year, and then he appealed to me enough in a few SHL preseason viewings that I rated him No. 2 at the start of the year. He’s a huge defender with great hands and a confidence you can’t teach. That’s enough to excite any scout. He tries things, he usually gets them right, and he’s more comfortable with the puck under pressure than any defenseman 6ft 4in teenager I’ve ever seen, whose name is not Rasmus Dahlin. But there are also a lot of things about his game that make his forward projection difficult, including the fact that he has a weak point and his forward skating stride may seem a bit b slender and lanky, pulling apart from the knees and dragging the toes of her boots. I love his raw tools and strokes. I love his aggressiveness (not just with the puck but without it, where he closes gaps quickly and steps forward to physically play against the rush). But I am worried about the results and some flaws. If he can pull it all together, he’ll be a unique defender who will justify his inevitably high pick. If he doesn’t, however, his development may run into obstacles that a top prospect isn’t usually expected to face.

Simon Edvinsson’s 2021-22 season

Simon Edvinsson has just finished his season with Frolunda HC. Last season he played 44 games with Frolunda HC and also played in the world juniors.

In those 44 games last season, he had two goals and 17 assists for 19 total points. He also finished with a +13 to go along with those 19 points.

As you can see and deduce, he hasn’t exactly had a stellar season. Nonetheless, he finished with almost half a point per game as a defender, which is respectable. He also finished with a +13, which is pretty good. Not great, but good.

In the world juniors, he played two games for Sweden. In those two games, he had one goal and two assists for three points. Which, yes, isn’t a huge sample, but still a good line of stats to look at.