Simon Edvinsson trying to emulate Moritz Seider in push for Red Wings job

The message to prized protection prospect Simon Edvinsson all the way through his first coaching camp with the Detroit Red Wings is to absolutely make the most of his 6-foot-6, 207-pound body.

“The guys are on me, (Dylan) Larkin especially, to be harder, win my one-on-ones,” Edvinsson stated. “I have a pretty big body, pretty long reach. In Sweden you kind of time everything. It’s different kind of one-on-one duels along the boards. Here you need to be more aggressive and that’s what I need to be better on. If I work on that and feel comfortable with that the game is going to step up and I’ll build my confidence.”

Edvinsson has an excellent function style in Moritz Seider, who’s just about as large (6-4, 205) and confirmed remaining season how tricky he’s to play towards at the manner to successful the Calder Trophy as rookie of the 12 months.

“He’s playing the kind of hard game I want to develop,” Edvinsson stated. “I try to see the practices when he’s on, how he plays. We have a different kind of play style but a lot of things he does I can do as well, to play hard and play the puck.

“He’s one of the best defensemen in the league. I need to earn my spot. I try to look at him as much as possible to develop my game from there and maybe reach that level some time.”

Edvinsson, the 6th pick out in 2021, is trying to earn a place at the NHL roster after flourishing with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League.

His strengths are his skating and puck-moving talent. But even the smaller Lucas Raymond, Edvinsson’s former Frolunda teammate, confirmed him how to compete in drills.

“He likes to battle. It’s fun. It gets everyone else going,” Edvinsson stated. “One thing I really learned is you need to be so aggressive and harder on the player.”

At the similar time, trainer Derek Lalonde’s message to Edvinsson is don’t take a look at to overdo it.

“It’ll be our goal to simplify things for him,” Lalonde stated. “What’s really important for Simon is hard reps. Play within yourself, take it all in stride, take a very hard approach to practice and get those hard reps is what we’re going to look for from Simon.”

Many be expecting Edvinsson to be in the Red Wings’ lineup opening evening, Oct. 14 towards Montreal. General supervisor Steve Yzerman stated he’s tempering expectancies, noting Edvinsson is most effective 19 and a 12 months got rid of from the draft.

“Moritz had the benefit of playing a year in the American League and then going over during the pandemic and playing a year in Sweden, so he got that extra year of development before he stepped in,” Yzerman stated. “I think Simon has a good chance. I can’t sit here today and tell you he’s definitely going to be in the lineup on opening night. But we’re pleased with a lot of the things we saw in the prospects tournament.

“In watching him last week, Simon looks pretty comfortable on the ice. He gets (the puck), he moves it. … He’s a good athlete. He had a great season and a good offseason.”

Edvinsson stated Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall, former Red Wings now in the entrance workplace, instructed him he regarded excellent ultimately week’s possibilities match, however Edvinsson used to be now not glad together with his play.

“I have higher expectations on myself,” he stated.

“You need to earn your spot. That’s what they told me. That’s what I want to do. I don’t want it given because of some hype. I want to feel I can play my game in that league.”

Off the ice in Traverse City, Edvinsson has constructed a rapport with veteran Ben Chiarot. Olli Maatta and Gustav Lindstrom, his protection spouse in apply, have helped. A fishing expedition failed to produce a large haul, however Edvinsson received the mini-golf festival towards some fellow Swedes.

“I would say I’m the best mini-golf player here,” he stated.

The Red Wings’ most sensible protection pairs seem set with Chiarot-Seider and Maatta-Filip Hronek. Edvinsson could be competing for a third-pair spot with Lindstrom and veterans Jordan Oesterle and Robert Hagg (Jake Walman and Mark Pysyk will get started the season on injured reserve).

“I want him playing regularly, don’t want him in and out of the lineup, don’t want him not getting an opportunity on special teams, at least one of the units,” Yzerman stated. “We’ll kind of let his play dictate — No. 1 in the preseason, how much he plays — and then we’ll decide at some point. Most importantly, I want him playing a significant role.”

Preseason video games will resolve whether or not Edvinsson makes the workforce or begins the season with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins.

“Is it possible for him to step in and play in the NHL and be an impactful player? Yes,” Yzerman stated. “But let’s wait and see. If he’s ready, great. If not, that’s OK. I think he’s going to be a real good player in the league. Is it this year? Is it Christmas? Is it next year? We’ll see.”

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