The pick is in.
With the 6th overall selection in the 2021 NHL Draft, the Detroit Red Wings took D Simon Edvinsson:
At No. 6 in #NHLdraft, Red Wings select Simon Edvinsson, big strong Swedish defenseman.
Pick was teed up by 10-year-old Harold Washington, Jr. of Detroit, who won the draw to assist Steve Yzerman.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 24, 2021
Currently playing with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League, Edvinsson stands at 6’5 and features a booming left-handed shot.
Per Elite Prospects:
“Edvinsson is a detailed defender with high-level in-zone instincts, a tight neutral zone gap, well-timed physicality, and supporting instincts to match. He manoeuvres with the puck kept in his hip pocket, with his top hand in control, free from his body. With a smooth and gracious skating stride scaffolded on top of those mechanical handling skills, Edvinsson’s tools sometimes take him to rarified air as a puck-carrier.”
A Swedish defenseman playing in Detroit? We’ve seen that before, with fairly good results.