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Simon Edvinsson named the recipient of the Elite Prospects Award

Simon Edvinsson has received the Elite Prospects Award as the top player in the SHL. The award, which was announced Monday, is given annually to the best junior player in the SHL.

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. 

Here is the complete list of past winners

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