The Detroit Red Wings are already looking ahead to the 2022-23 season. It’s a long way away, but Steve Yzerman is already starting to focus on what his roster will look like for next season and trying to build things.
With that being said, the Detroit Red Wings made a big move today by tendering a three-year entry-level contract to prospect defenseman Simon Edvinsson. This will allow Edvinsson to come to North America to look to crack the Red Wings roster for the 2022-23 season.
The contract that Edvinsson has signed will take effect for the 2022-23 season and allows for him to try and compete for a spot on the team’s roster. It’s a very similar situation to what Lucas Raymond was tendered around this time last Spring.
It’s a move that shows investment in Edvinsson’s development overseas and shows that Yzerman thinks he is ready to make the jump and try and secure a spot on the NHL roster or, at minimum, get his taste of the AHL level with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Detroit Red Wings have tendered an entry-level contract to Simon Edvinsson.
The very worst-case scenario would imply that Edvinsson would go back to Frölunda HC on loan. However, my early speculation is that Edvinsson will come to North America and try to compete at the AHL or NHL level. I like his odds of making the club out of training camp.
Edvinsson is coming off of the 2021-22 season, where he has played in 44 games where he produced two goals and 17 assists for 19 total points. He is a strong defender whose abilities appear that they will translate swiftly.
It will be interesting to see how Edvinsson can pan out with the Red Wings and if he can crack the roster. Even though it seems that the early thoughts point to a similar track as Seider, there’s a lot to live up to if he wants to perform at that level.
While Edvinsson is another big-bodied defender at 6-foot-5, 207 pounds, there’s reason to believe that he will settle in nicely. It’s nice to see the Red Wings taking the chance on Edvinsson, and now he gets to make the jump.
This conversation will stall a little bit until things heat up around training camp, but this move by the Red Wings bodes well for the long-run health of this team.
The Red Wings made a nice move for their future team and have shown they are looking ahead and building out their 2022-23 plans by tendering Edvinsson this contract.