The Red Wings went back to mining for Swedish defensive gold in the 2021 NHL Draft, selecting towering blue liner Simon Edvinsson from Frölunda in the SHL with the 6th overall pick.
Of course, the Red Wings just so happen to have a rich history with Swedish players, particularly on the back end with the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall. He's also drawn comparisons to another Swedish defenseman by the name of Victor Hedman - you know, the Norris Trophy winner whom current Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman Yzerman locked up to a massive extension during his time in Tampa Bay.
You can excuse Red Wings fans for feeling excited about the potential of seeing him patrol Detroit's blue line next season, especially now that he's been named the winner of The Elite Prospects Award, given annually to the best junior player in the Swedish Hockey League. Last year's winner? None other than current Red Wings defenseman and Calder Trophy winner Moritz Seider.
With Detroit's revamped lineup this season, you can bet that Edvinsson will be gunning for a spot with the squad. But what are the chances that the Red Wings could have two straight Calder Trophy winners? According to BoDog Sports, he's not exactly a shoo-in. Right now, he's currently listed in 13th place out of the 15 rookies named at +1500 odds.
Currently leading the pack are former University of Michigan Wolverines defenseman Owen Power, now with the Buffalo Sabres, at +400 odds. Additionally, he's tied with Mason McTavish of the Anaheim Ducks at +400 odds.
Not to despair, however. Prior to last season, BoDog Sports had Seider listed at +1200 odds for the Calder, and we saw how that worked out.