Defenseman Moritz Seider is the talk of the NHL. Blueliner Simon Edvinsson could end up following that pattern. Defenseman William Wallinder undoubtedly wants to make sure he gets his fair share of attention from the Detroit Red Wings.
The 32nd overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft opened his SHL season by scoring a goal in Rogle’s 5-4 overtime win against Brynas. Marco Kasper also picked up an assist for Rogle in that contest. Wallinder took a major step in his development last season when he registered four goals and 19 points in 47 games for Rogle.
The hope for this season: he takes his game to another level and is ready to play in North America next season. Like 6-foot-4 Seider and 6-foot-6 Edvinsson, Wallinder is a huge defenseman. He is somewhere between 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-4. He showed some flair on his goal in Rogle’s first game of the season.
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Meanwhile, defenseman Anton Johansson scored his first goal for the Leksands U-20 team. He got the breakaway because he was coming out of the penalty box. He could end up being the sleeper in the Red Wings’ 2022 draft class. They took him in the fourth round. But it seems like he might have a second round skill package.
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Another Big One
At the U20 level, he posted six goals and 10 points in 22 games last season. He did get four games in the Swedish Hockey League. He could end up being another special delivery from Red Wings Head European Scout Hakan Andersson.
Defenseman Antti Toumisto is another Red Wings prospect off to a strong start. He has a goal and an assist in his first three games for TPS in Finland’s SM-liiga. He left the Denver college program to play in Finland this season.
He helped Denver win a national championship last season. The expectation is Toumisto’s game will be more well-rounded after a season in Finland. He was a second-round pick (35th overall) in 2019. He’s 6-foot-5.