Red Wings prospect Simon Edvinsson spoke with Hockeysverige.se’s Leo Buttafuoco Ohlsson this morning regarding scoring his first SHL goal in yesterday’s 4-1 Frolunda win over Linkopings HC yesterday. What follows is roughly translated from Swedish:
The Great talent pays tribute to his teammate after his first goal: “He’s sick”
Until yesterday, Simon Edvinsson hadn’t scored his first SHL goal. When Frolunda played Linkoping, the great talent was able to find the back of the net.
“He took me after practice and said, ‘Now you can do this to set up the goal,'” says Simon Edvinsson about his mentor, Christian Folin.
Simon Edvinsson made his debut in the SHL last season, but, after 10 games with Frolunda’s men’s team, he was loaned to Vasteras of the Swedish Allsvenskan. In the Allsvenskan, he came in and made an impression immediately, and was noted for scoring a goal in the playoffs.
In the SHL, on the other hand, there had been no goal scored, and he had that in mind since the start of the season. When Frolunda defeated Linkopings HC at Saab Aren, the long-awaited goal finally came. “It was really nice, actually. I have had some opportunities to score goals, so it was crazy good to put it in there,” he says to Hockeysverige.se.
Is that something that you’ve been thinking about?
“After the games, I’ve been able to walk around and think, ‘There, I would have scored there,’ so it can be a bit difficult, but you just try to ignore it.”
“NOW WE DO THIS”
To find the net and score his first goal, Edvinsson has put in extra practice. From the blue line he has tried to improve his shot, but when the goal came, it was directly from the slot.
“I try to practice some shots from the blueline, and we usually train in our defensive pairs, so me and [partner] Christian Folin have stood and worked on some shots after the practice,” he says.
You thanked Christian Folin on Instagram after scoring your first goal.
“Yes, we usually stand and set up some little shots, and it was a little joke. We’ve talked about it for a while, and I think that I’ve had two shots on goal, so he took me after the practice and said to me, ‘Now we can do this so that you can score that goal there,'” he says about his defensive partner’s mentorship.
“HE IS SICK”
Simon Edvinsson was chosen as the 6th player overall in this year’s edition of the NHL draft. With his future in mind, there are games with the Detroit Red Wings and several of the world’s best players in his future. He’s already encountered Ryan Lasch, who Edvinsson feels highly toward. Lasch was also responsible for the prospect’s first goal.
“It’s not possible to complain about that performance. It’s not possible to get better performances than that one,” he says about Ryan Lasch’s pass to him, and he continues:
“He’s sick. He’s a really sick player who finds those passes you never thought you could receive. It’s really fun to play with him.”
So far, there have been no minutes on the power play for the 18-year-old Edvinsson, who, despite his goal, does not want to ask Frolunda’s coach for a little extra playing time when his opponents have drawn a penalty.
“No, I probably don’t dare,” he says in conclusion, and laughs.