Simon Edvinsson named the recipient of the Elite Prospects Award
Edvinsson had a stellar season with Frölunda HC, putting up 19 points (two goals and 17 assists) in 44 regular season games. Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings at No. 6 overall in 2021, the defenceman has a chance to become the club's next top-pairing blueliner and could possibly skate alongside Calder Trophy finalist Moritz Seider, the winner of the 2021 award, in the future.
A left-shot defender, the 19-year-old brings size (6-foot-5), skill and is supremely confident. Mitch Brown, EP Rinkside's director of North American Scouting, profiled Edvinsson late last year and QMJHL scout David St-Louis did the same prior to the draft.
Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman is continuing the club's rebuild this summer by searching for a new head coach to replace Jeff Blashill. But regardless of who is behind the bench next season, Edvinsson will have a chance to crack the roster out of training camp.
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