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Detroit Red Wings call up 2021 first-round pick Simon Edvinsson under emergency conditions

March 17th, 2023

Here’s something to get excited about: The Detroit Red Wings have called up defenseman Simon Edvinsson, their prize pick from the 2021 NHL draft.

Edvinsson, and veteran forward Austin Czarnik, were called up Friday morning, under emergency conditions. The Wings, who host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, are dealing with multiple banged-up players, including veteran defenseman Ben Chiarot.

Edvinsson, 20, has spent the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, getting acclimated to North American hockey. General manager Steve Yzerman noted earlier this month Edvinsson had gone through some growing pains, which isn’t unusual. But he’s 6 feet 6, 209 pounds, smart, and figures to be a key part of the rebuild.

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Simon Edvinsson (3) and Washington Capitals defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) compete for the puck during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, in Washington.

Edvinsson leads Griffins defensemen with 27 points (five of which are goals) in 51 games. He has four multi-point games, setting a personal best with three assists among four points and a plus-5 rating Feb. 15 in a game against Rockford.

He was scouted as a big, rangy defender with a a smooth stride and offensive upside.

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The Wings (30-28-9) are nine points out of a playoff spot. Yzerman’s decision to trade four players at the March 3 deadline, including top-four defenseman Filip Hronek, was an indication Yzerman didn’t see the Wings advancing to the playoffs. But that doesn’t mean the games are meaningless — as players have made it a point to stress — and it does afford an opportunity to get a look at a young player like Edvinsson.

This is a chance to see how he matches up at the NHL level, and will further help him understand how big a summer lies ahead as he continues his training.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Red Wings call up 2021 first-round pick, Simon Edvinsson

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