NHL Draft 2021: Detroit Red Wings Pick Defenseman Simon Edvinsson With No. 6

Detroit Red Wings selected a Swedish defenseman as their first choice in the NHL draft of 2021. As a six-foot-five, 207-pound defenseman, Edvinsson has been likened to Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman because of his stature and mobility.

Swedish defenseman Simon Edvinsson: 2021 NHL Draft.
Swedish defenseman Simon Edvinsson: 2021 NHL Draft.

At No. 6, the Wings selected Simon Edvinsson, a 6-foot-4, 198-pound two-way defender with a left-handed shot. Neben 2019 first-round pick Moritz Seider, Yzerman has assembled an excellent group of defence prospects in the past several years.

Vasteras IK (five points in 14 games) in Sweden’s second-tier league and Frolunda (one point in ten games) in the Swedish Hockey League shared the 2020-21 season with Edvinsson. Lucas Raymond, the Wings’ first-round selection at No. 4 in 2020, was one of his teammates at Frolunda.

In the future, Edvinsson may be a top-pair defenseman. Harold Washington, Jr., a 10-year-old boy who won the lottery to help Yzerman, announced the selection on television.

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When Edvinsson was younger, he idolised Nicklas Lidstrom, whom the Wings drafted in 1989.

Edvinsson: “He’s a legend in Sweden.” All of them know what they’re doing and who they are. His efforts on behalf of the squad are commendable. It’s the objective to have him play as a leader.”

23rd overall selection is also owned by the Wings. This weekend, the second through seventh rounds of the tournament will be played.

Swedish defenseman Simon Edvinsson: 2021 NHL Draft.
Swedish defenseman Simon Edvinsson: 2021 NHL Draft.

Michigan guys had a terrific night. Buffalo Sabres drafted Michigan defender No. 1 as predicted. The Seattle Kraken selected Michigan forward Matt Beniers at No. 2. In the third round, the Ducks selected forward Mason McTavish, and in the fourth round, the Devils selected defender Luke Hughes. Brother Jack was also drafted No. 1 in 2019. In the 5th round, the Columbus Blue Jackets selected Michigan forward Kent Johnson from Michigan State University.

“Simon isn’t given enough credit for his defensive skills, which are often overlooked. Good defender who moves effectively for someone of his size. In the meanwhile, he needs time to get used to his new body and to gain strength in the proper manner. A solid two-way defenseman, he has a lot of potential.”

Defenseman Owen Power went No. 1 overall to Buffalo Sabres, and centre Matt Beniers went No. 2 to Seattle Kraken.

A heavy favourite to be the first choice, Powers was selected as the number one pick.

6-foot-5 defenseman, who played for Canada in the men’s world championships, is set to finish his college career at Michigan before joining the Sabres.

All-around centre Beniers was largely regarded the greatest pick in the draught. It is expected that Beniers will play another season at Michigan before joining the Kraken.

Many draught experts had the Ducks taking Mason McTavish with the third overall choice.

In a comparable reconstruction to the Red Wings, the Ducks couldn’t pass up McTavish.

Luke Hughes, the younger brother of Jack Hughes, was picked fourth by the New Jersey Devils (and Quinn Hughes, who is with Vancouver).

Hughes, a 6-foot-2 offensive defender with excellent skating skills, was generally expected to be selected by the Devils.

Columbus Blue Jackets, who had traded Seth Jones to Chicago earlier in the day, chose Michigan Wolverine Kent Johnson with the fifth choice, making him the third Wolverine to go in the top five picks, a first in draught history.

U-M may land four of the top five choices in this year’s draught next year. A Michigan pledge, Hughes wants to play in Ann Arbor next season.

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