2021 NHL Draft Profile: Simon Edvinsson

The 2021 draft is full of talented defensemen, and Simon Edvinsson is among the best around. “The sky is the limit with this guy once he gets stronger.”
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BORN: Feb. 5, 2003, Onsala, Swe.

2020-21: Frolunda
POS: D
HT: 6-5
WT: 207
SHOOTS: L
INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING SERVICES: No. 3

Sweden's U-18 World Championship tournament was a rollercoaster, even though the team netted a bronze medal in the end. Scouts were disappointed in a lot of the players’ compete level – but they liked how Edvinsson handled himself, and the kid’s overall season was something to get excited about. “The sky is the limit with this guy once he gets stronger,” said one scout. “He’s got a puck game, he skates, he gets upset sometimes, which is good to see. He’s got some grit to him. He’ll be a good one.”

Back home in Sweden, Edvinsson saw his first SHL action with Frolunda, but in order to get more ice time and opportunity, he was also loaned to Vasteras in the second-tier Allsvenskan. He put up more points in that stretch, pleasing both clubs – and scouts – in the process.

“It was a good move going to Vasteras to get more minutes,” said another scout. “He’s got a huge frame, he’s a really good skater, good puck skills, good all-around defenseman. Playing that way at almost 6-foot-5 is very intriguing. He’s not Rasmus Dahlin good, but he’s probably better than Philip Broberg, so somewhere in between.”

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