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Breaking: Red Wings Sign Simon Edvinsson To Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract

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On Sunday afternoon, the Detroit Red Wings announced that they have signed Simon Edvinsson to a three-year, entry-level contract starting the 2022-23 season.

The 2021 sixth overall pick had a successful season playing for Frolunda in the SHL this season, scoring twice and adding 17 assists in 44 games and averaging 19:46 minutes a night, which ranked first amongst U19 players. He was also named one of the three finalists for the SHL Rookie of the Year earlier this week, alongside recent Red Wing signee Pontus Andreasson.

But the defensive side of the ice is where Edvinsson excels, as he is listed at 6’5 and uses his long reach to defend passes and drives towards the net. He can also create offense from his defense as he can quickly read plays from the opposition and make an aggressive play on the puck, either with his body or his stick, and transition that into offense for his team. That is a quality that Detroit’s defense lacks, aside from fellow sixth overall pick Moritz Seider. 

There are still a few aspects of Edvinsson’s game that need to be ironed out in North America, as he often gets low in the offensive zone from a pinch, and sometimes that results in an odd-man rush the other way. While that will need to be fine-tuned, it shouldn’t be discouraged as the majority of times, Edvinsson can create a chance for either his team or himself.

It will be exciting for Red Wings fans to finally see the highly-touted defenseman finally play in Michigan, whether in Grand Rapids or Detroit. With Edvinsson’s progression this season and the likely overturn in the Red Wings’ defensive core, there’s a real opportunity that he finds himself in the opening night lineup. 

Preseason Storylines The Production Line Podcast

After an eventful trip up to Traverse City, the Red Wings have begun preseason action. In this episode, we recap Detroit's games versus Pittsburgh and Chicago while also pointing out top performers. We also give our biggest storylines around the rest of the preseason. Thanks for listening! Please rate and review our show on your favorite listening platform. Check out our partner's website at www.insidetherink.com for all your latest hockey news.
  1. Preseason Storylines
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  3. Prospect Tournament Preview and Questions Heading into Next Season
  4. Zadina and Make-or-Break Players
  5. Red Wings at the WJC

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