Red Wings draft D Simon Edvinsson sixth overall: 'Could be next world star out of Sweden'


The Red Wings have added another high-end defenseman to their rebuild -- and it's not hard to envision him playing alongside Moritz Seider for years to come.

The team drafted Simon Edvinsson sixth overall Friday night, a 6'5 Swede who takes after Nicklas Lidstrom.

"I’m a skating defenseman that likes to have the puck and make things out of it," Edvinsson said via Zoom shortly after the pick was announced. "I like killing plays. I like to give the team good effort on the ice. I’m a big-playing defenseman."

Edvinsson is a product of Frolunda, the same Swedish Hockey League club that produced Detroit's 2020 first-round pick Lucas Raymond. He also spent time this season with Vasteras IK, the same Swedish club that produced ... yep, Nicklas Lidstrom.

Edvinsson said he had "really great talks" with the Red Wings prior to the draft and called it "an unbelievable feeling" to hear his name called by an Original Six team.

He helped Sweden to the gold medal at the World Juniors and was ranked second second among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting entering the draft.

"This is a player who could be the next world star coming out of Sweden,"