Detroit picks defenseman Simon Edvinsson with No. 6 pick
Saturday, July 24, 2021

(UNDATED) – The Detroit Red Wings went with what they know so well in making their first pick in the 2021 NHL Draft: A Swedish defenseman. Sticking to selecting the player they deemed the best one available at No. 6, the Wings picked Simon Edvinsson, a 6 foot 4, 198 pound elite two-way defender who shoots left. He joins what under general manager Steve Yzerman has become an impressive stable of defense prospects next to 2019 first-round pick Moritz Seider. Edvinsson, 18, split the 2020-21 season between Vasteras IK (five points in 14 games) in Sweden’s second-tier league and Frolunda (one point in 10 games) in the Swedish Hockey League. One of his teammates with Frolunda was Lucas Raymond, the Wings’ first-round selection, at No. 4, in 2020. Edvinsson projects to be a top-pair defenseman. Edvinsson spoke earlier in July of growing up idolizing countryman Nicklas Lidstrom, who the Wings drafted in the third round in 1989.