The Simon Edvinsson emergency call-up from the Grand Rapids will include a second NHL game tonight against the Florida Panthers.
“I will play tonight and then we will see what happens,” Edvinsson said. “I just kind of take it day to day based on what they have to say. We’ll see.”
The Red Wings view Edvinsson as one of the potential cornerstones of their future. He’s 6-foot-6, extremely mobile, and he has the potential to be a difference-maker. The idea of Moritz Seider and Edvinsson anchoring the Detroit defense in the future is appealing to management and the fan base.
But Edvinsson was brought up because defenseman Gustav Lindstrom was injured. When he is healthy, or if Ben Chiarot recovers from his injury, Edvinsson must return to the Griffins.
Edvinsson’s parents and brother flew from Sweden to see tonight’s game at Little Caesars Arena
“I’m not gonna be as nervous as I was last game, but it’s gonna be fun to have them here to watch the game.”
He made his NHL debut Saturday afternoon, playing 15:34 during a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
“Last game was special,” Edvinsson said. “I’m always gonna remember that. I think my parents will always remember this one that I’m about to play today. It’s gonna be a good game.”
Edvinsson ‘Solid’ in Debut
Coach Derek Lalonde gave his young defenseman good reviews for his first game.
“But for the most part you didn’t see the egregious turnover,” Lalonde said Saturday. “He was physical, he had some chances following the rush. For a first game, against a team like that, I thought he did really well.
Edvinsson said he thought he was solid. “As I said, I was so nervous when I stood out there,” Edvinsson said. “It’s like you go out there and say, ‘How do I play hockey?’ You just have to let yourself play and that’s what I did. It kind of felt good.”
He posted one hit in the game, rubbing out Nathan MacKinnon with a hit along the boards. It disrupted a MacKinnon zone entry.
“I didn’t see it was him,” Edvinsson said. “But when I got into the bench, guys were saying ‘good hit.’ It was a cool thing.