Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen posted a Sunday column discussing the potential impacts of the Red Wings’ 2021 first-round draft picks, Simon Edvinsson and Sebastian Cossa. Both will be playing in the World Junior Championship in Edmonton, and Edvinsson has apparently impressed in more ways than one while playing over 20 minutes a night for Frolunda HC:
“(Edvinsson is) a natural leader who is noticeable in the locker room,” said a Swedish source. “He acts like a mini-coach on the bench, always yelling instructions at his team mates on the ice, often sitting on the board, not on the bench.”
Edvinsson is expected to be a key player for Sweden’s National Junior team later this month. He has 12 points in 24 games as a puck-moving defenseman for Frolunda in the Swedish. At 18, he played 21 minutes, 46 seconds in Frolunda’s last game.
Since Yzerman took over, the Red Wings’ are tight-lipped about their future plans, but there is talk around the league about the possibility that Edvinsson will be given a shot to play in the NHL next season. Edvinsson and Seider are about the same size — 6-foot-4, 205 pounds. But Edvinsson is more of a risk-taker. He does make more mistakes than NHL coaches like. But he’s figuring out what he should and shouldn’t do.