Allen: Edvinsson impresses at WJC tune-up

Red Wings prospect Simon Edvinsson and Team Sweden are participating in the Four Nations Cup, an under-20 team event that serves as the final tune-up prior to the World Junior Championship this weekend. According to Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen, Edvinsson really impressed in yesterday’s 5-0 win for Team Sweden:

A source, with ties to the Swedish team, told Detroit Hockey Now that Edvinssson “was a monster” in the game.

“He looks better than Rasmus Dahlin did at the same age,” the source said. “He has the same offensive game and is much stronger.”

Simon Edvinsson, 18, plays at high-caliber level for Frolunda in the Swedish League. He has one goal and eight assists for nine points in 16 games. He owns a +7 plus-minus. The 6-foot-4 defenseman suffered a minor injury, but it wasn’t serious enough to keep him out of the Four Nations Tournament. Edvinsson will play for Sweden’s U-20 at the World Junior Championships.

Edvinsson is a full-service defenseman. He plays physical, is mindful of his defensive play and carries the puck with authority.

“You have to go back to Victor Hedman to find a comparable Swedish D-man, aged 18,” the source said. “The Red Wings have a gem in Simon.”

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