Slow down there, Mr. Loob

Per Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen, former NHL’er Hakan Loob, who was taking part in a Swedish hockey television broadcast today, made quite the comparison, invoking Nicklas Lidstrom as a comparable for Simon Edvinsson (per IceHockeyGifs):

Duff notes that there are other opinions regarding Edvinsson’s upside:

Edvinsson is 6-foot-4, 205 pounds. He is playing with Frolunda. Loob said Edvinsson is playing like  he’s think he could “maybe play in the NHL next year.”

Draft expert Russ Cohen’s assessment differs in terms of the Edvinsson’s time frame.

“(He) gets in the flow of the game well. His wrist shot is very accurate,” Cohen said. “The Swede is elusive up the ice and he’s very confident as a puck distributor on the power play. His skating is already very good. He has good physical strength that could improve and that’s why it will take him one more year in the SHL and then he’ll come over and start in the AHL and maybe play the entire season there or a portion of it before they call him up. ”

Cohen is a regular on NHL Network Radio. He also is owner of the Sportsology website and a contributor to EP Rinkside.

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