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Simon Edvinsson Profile I DRAFT

The 6-foot-5 Swedish blueliner is the biggest enigma of the draft, garnering many varying accounts from scouts about his potential

by Sam Kasan @SamiKasan / NewJerseyDevils.com

AGE: 18

COUNTRY: Sweden

HEIGHT: 6-5

WEIGHT: 207

POSITION: Defense

SHOOTS: Left

DRAFT YEAR PRODUCTION: Frolunda (SHL), 10GP, 1A, 1PTS, -3; Sweden (WJC-18), 7GP, 1G, 3A, 4PTS, +1

RANKING: 2nd Ranked International Skater - Central Scouting

WHAT'S THE BUZZ

"The 6-foot-5 Swedish blueliner has the size, mobility, puck-moving and offensive upside as a potential top-pair NHL defenceman. Two of our 10 scouts pegged him at No. 1, but four scouts ranked Edvinsson outside the Top 10. It's that kind of year." -Bob McKenzie, TSN

CUT TO THE CHASE

Edvinsson began the season with Frolunda's top professional SHL club before being placed on Frolunda's J20 team. He was loaned halfway through the year to Vasteras IK of the HockeyAllsvenskan League, an AHL equivalent, where he saw an increase in playing time and development. The Swedish defenseman and his fellow countrymen had an uneven showing at the World Under-18 Championship, despite finishing with bronze. Though Edvinsson's performance in the tournament didn't hurt his stock, it certainly didn't help it either. 

Edvinsson is quite an enigma. Some scouts praise is offensive skillset and decision-making ability, while others site those areas as weaknesses in his game. There seems to be a wide array of takes on his assets as a prospect. Still, all scouts agree that he has incredible size (every bit of 6-foot-5), is an excellent skater and is a solid defender in his own end, particularly in front of the net. 

Perhaps the biggest mark against him, and also likely the reason for such a wide range of reports on Edvinsson, has been the Swedes' lack of consistency. He will go through stretches of play where he makes bad decisions, turnovers and panics under pressure. And he will follow that up with stretches that make scouts throw out names like Victor Hedman and Rasmus Dahlin in comparison. On his good days you can see the potential and why scouts rave about his potential. But his bad days are quite bad. 

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