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Detroit Red Wings Sign High Impact Defenseman Simon Edvinsson



Simon Edvinsson, Detroit Red Wings prospect
Simon Edvinsson likely will play for the Detroit Red Wings next season

The Detroit Red Wings took another major step in their rebuilding by signing 2021 first-round pick Simon Edvinsson to a three-year entry level contract. The deal starts next season.

Although Edvinsson still must prove himself next fall in training camp, the expectation is he will play next season for the Red Wings. He’s 6-foot-4,  210 pounds. He can skate, carry the puck and defend. The scouting projection for the Swedish defenseman is that he will be an impact performer. He spawned many memorable highlight videos this season in the Swedish Hockey League.

NHL scouts told Detroit Hockey Now Edvinsson will contribute as much as Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond did this season. He has been compared to Tampa Bay Lightning standout Victor Hedman. However, scouts say his offensive impact doesn’t match Hedman’s ability.

In the perfect world, the Red Wings can play left-shot Edvinsson with right-shot Moritz Seider in the top pairing, or they could use one of them on the first pairing and the other on the second pairing. The Red Wings are coming off a poor defensive season. General manager Steve Yzerman will rebuild the defense this offseason.

Edvinsson, 19, had two goals and 17 assists for 19 points for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League. He is a finalist for SHL Rookie of the Year. His team was eliminated by Lulea on a series-clinching goal by another Red Wings prospect Pontus Andreasson.  Seider was the No. 6 pick in  the 2019 NHL draft and Edvinsson was the No. 6 pick in 2021.

Edvinsson Signs Rookie Max Deal

Former NHL general manager Craig Button, now an analyst for TSN, recently rated Edvinsson as the NHL’s third-best affiliated prospect. He ranked only behind Buffalo Sabres’ Owen Power and Ottawa Senators young defenseman Jake Sanderson.

According to Puckpedia, com, Simon Edvinsson agreed to terms on a rookie max deal. It will pay him a base salary of $832,500. He got a signing bonus of $92,500. The deal also includes performance bonus clauses that could add up to another $850,000.

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Mark W

John Klingberg D Stars 6’3 190 would be a really good fit as a F/A with some experience and plenty of gas left in the tank…Hmmm seems he’s Swedish too. Might just WANT to play here. Go get this guy Steve.

Mark W

Erik Gudbranson 6’5 222 might be a good fit too and less costly. AND 46 yr old Zdeno Charo is available. All in all it seems there are a number of quality F/A Dmen to choose from at various prices.

John P.

Edvinsson plays a riskier style of game compared to Seider. I don’t see the need to rush him. Let him spend two years preparing for the NHL like Seider. Johansson would be a safer choice to move to the Red Wings next season.

Mark W

Swedish league players typically need some adjustment to the NHL style of play. Johansson is 2 years older and some think more talented than Edvinsson. But here we are and it seems like its all about Edvinsson today.

Hopefully Edvinsson’s or Johansson’s NHL game is equal to, or better than Seider’s but do we really think that is likely ? Don’t forget prospect Eemil Viro, who stays at home very well for Finland and is a quietly promising prospect on D. And its best not to discount McIsaac and Sebrango who’ve been playing on an NHL style Griffins team for a season and who’ve steadily improved by most all accounts.

Edvinsson’s signing makes it apparent he’ll skip minors then start, but unless it says so in his contract, time will tell. As has been pointed out Yzerman is patient. A reason he might remain patient is the currentr list of NHL experienced, talented F/A D-men available at various price levels. One or two of them could be great fits on a rebuilding Wings D squad adding just them to today’s roster with later call-ups coming up from GR.

A team can only have so many NHL adjusting players at one time before inconsistant play becomes a problem. But that’s just a crazy rumor.

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