The Detroit Red Wings have not officially offered a roster spot to defenseman Simon Edvinsson. But that doesn’t stop them from acting like they have sponsors, opponents and the media.
More than 30 NHL prospects have been invited to the 12th annual NHLPA Rookie Showcase. In Arlington, Va., Edwinson’s only red wing was held at the Medstar Capital Iceplex.
The event offers Upper Deck — the league’s trading card partner — a chance to photograph rookies who have a chance to make NHL rosters this season. They wear their NHL uniforms.
This was Edvinsson’s first time wearing an official Red Wings uniform with the number 3 worn in Detroit. Edvinson wore No. 3 during the Red Wings’ training camp, but players wore practice jerseys. The Red Wings expect Edvinsson to be on the 2022-23 roster. However, GM Steve Yzerman’s rule is that players have to earn a spot. It does not award places on merit alone.
He’s said it more than once since becoming Detroit’s general manager.
The first roster invitee for this year’s event was Yaroslav Askarov (Predators). Matty Bennier (Kraken). Matt Boldy (Wild); Thomas Bordeleau (Sharks). Mavrik Bourque (stars). Brendan Brisson (Golden Knights); Brandt Clarke (Kings), Graeme Clarke (Devils), Lucas Dostal (Ducks), Simon Edvinsson (Red Wings), Samuel Fagemo (Kings), Dylan Holloway (Oilers), Hendricks Lapierre (Capitals), Fabian Lysell (Bruins), Mathias McKellie (Coyotes), Jacob Perrewalt (Ducks), Sam Pullin (Penguins), Owen Power (Sabres), Jack Quinn (Sabres), Attu Rati (Islands), Lucas Rachel (Blackhawks), Marco Rossi ( Wild), Braden Schneider (Rangers), Jake Sanderson (Senators), Juraj Slafkowski (Canadiens), Ryan Suzuki (Hurricanes), Shane Wright (Kraken) and Connor Zari (Flames).
Earlier this summer, Edvinsson said he was well aware that Detroit fans were following his progress in Sweden. He understands that expectations are high. The hype over Edwinson couldn’t be higher. The NHL prospect competition will be under the microscope.
Without making the team, Edwinsson is placed at +1500 odds to win the Calder Cup.
“Yes, of course I heard,” said Edvinson. “You want to have a place. You want to make things happen for the team. You want to be a part of the team and help the team win the Stanley Cup. And for the fans. It’s all positive.
The young Swede will appreciate the signings of Yzerman Ben Chiarot, Olli Matata and others to improve the defence. But he seems confident in his ability to make the team.
“Obviously I’m a two-way defender, so I want to show my best,” Edvinsson said. “I will not back down. I think everything will be important. “
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