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Red Wings’ Prospect Dower Nilsson Hot in SHL Preseason



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Liam Dower-Nilsson has scored five goals in three preseason games

Former Frolunda player Lucas Raymond is in Detroit. Simon Edvinsson is heading there this season. Elmer Soderblom is a candidate to make the roster.  And Frolunda’s Detroit Red Wings’ pipeline may still be flowing in 2022-23.

Liam Dower Nilsson (134th overall in 2021) is showing flash in his play for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League’s preseason. He has five goals in three games. Dower Nilsson, according to Swedish media reports, has been playing on a line with Henrik Lundqvist’s brother, Joel and Max Friberg.

Joel Lundqvist is 40, Friberg is 29 and Dower-Nilsson is 19.

“All praise to them,” Dower Nilsson told “They mean a lot, both on and off the ice. Whenthey come and say things, about the structure and other things, you really think about it.”

Dower-Nilsson is a Hakan Andersson special project. Kris Draper said Detroit’s European Scouting Director pounded the table when he insisted the Red Wings draft Dower Nilsson. Dower Nilsson is a smart, enterprising, responsible center with a scoring touch. He didn’t score in 10 SHL games last season, but registered 50 points in 34 games in the junior league.

This will be an important development season for Dower Nilsson. He believes he has much more to give.

Better All-Around Game

“I can do better,” he told “The game without the puck, lie right, challenge more, win more one-on-one duels. But… it’s pre-season.”

Frolunda has done a good job of developing Lucas Raymond, Simon Edvinsson and Soderblom

Dower Nilsson has added nine pounds of muscle to his frame in preparation for this season. The Frolunda team is located in Gothenburg. The team plays in the league’s second-largest arena (capacity, 12,044).

Frolunda opens the SHL regular-season on September 17 at Timra. The season runs until March. The SHL playoffs are in April and May. The Red Wings haven’t yet signed Dower Nilsson. But they seem to appreciate his long-term creative potential.