For the 2d time in three drafts, Detroit Pink Wings overall manager Steve Yzerman went for a mountainous, professional defenseman alongside with his first opt.
Simon Edvinsson checked the box for finest prospect obtainable Friday when the Wings made their resolution at No. 6, after defensemen Owen Energy and Luke Hughes and centers Matty Beniers, Mason McTavish and Kent Johnson were off the board. Edvinsson is a 6-toes-4, professional, mobile, bodily Swede who the Wings survey as a participant that can lend a hand switch the rebuild forward.
“He’s a mountainous, rangy D that can the truth is skate,” Yzerman acknowledged. “He’s received staunch puck talents. We staunch survey his doable to be a defenseman that can log plenty of minutes, a left shot defenseman that can log plenty of minutes and be a mighty defender that can add some offense to the game as effectively. We treasure his skating means, his dimension and his reach.”
Edvinsson, 18, boosts a protection corps prospect that is headlined by 6-4 Moritz Seider, Yzerman’s top opt within the 2019 draft. Seider is poised to be half of the Wings this tumble; Edvinsson is probably going going to preserve in Sweden and play for Frölunda, however within the future the hope is the two will likely be towering powerhouses on Detroit’s blue line.
“While you need to very effectively be a mighty defensive hockey group, you’re going to be aggressive and you need to well also opt plenty of nights,” Yzerman acknowledged. “Over time, we’ll be in a neighborhood so to add to the offense.”
It changed into as soon as virtually three within the morning Saturday in Sweden when the opt changed into as soon as launched. Edvinsson changed into as soon as celebrating with family and pals, after spending the hours leading as much as the draft looking to preserve aloof.
“I’ve been going by adrenaline and nerves,” Edvinsson acknowledged. “I’ve been up and ingesting. I slept rather bit within the afternoon, however then it changed into as soon as staunch adrenaline and nerves that saved me up.
“When Detroit acknowledged my title, it changed into as soon as unbelievable feeling. I’m proud to be section of Fashioned Six, to be a chunk of Detroit.”
Edvinsson described himself as “a skating defenseman that likes to have the puck and manufacture things out of it. I treasure to give the group a staunch effort on the ice.” He shatter up the 2020-21 season between Vasteras IK (five capabilities in 14 video games) in Sweden’s 2d-tier league and Frolunda (one point in 10 video games) within the Swedish Hockey League.
“It changed into as soon as enormous ride to survey all these leagues, all these teams,” Edvinsson acknowledged. “It helped me plenty, in particular Frölunda.”
His Frölunda teammates included Lucas Raymond, the Wings’ top opt last twelve months. Edvinsson conducted against Seider, who spent 2020-21 with Rögle within the SHL attributable to the pandemic.
Edvinsson likely will likely be finest off staying in Sweden, where he can manufacture in a staunch program, and aided by Niklas Kronwall, the frail Wings defenseman who has labored for the group as an consultant since retiring in 2019. The Wings opt a affected person formulation with their possibilities, however there’s enormous anticipation for his future.
“His edge work and his deception with the puck is one thing that impressed all of us,” director of novice scouting Kris Draper acknowledged. “We’re very inflamed to bring him in. Our expectation is he’s going to advance in and he’s going to be a top-pair defenseman for us and play plenty of years in a Detroit Pink Wings uniform.”
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