Everyone knows Simon Edvinsson is NHL ready, for now he's doing his best to wait patiently in the AHL
On the Detroit Red Wings No. 1 prospect, who would probably make the team better if recalled today.
Programming note: They’ll be two stories up today. This one on Simon Edvinsson and his time in Grand Rapids and another one later in the day related to my trip to Texas Stars practice the same day. Ideally serving our audience as best possible, thanks for the support.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Simon Edvinsson likely isn’t going to read this story.
But the Detroit Red Wings No. 1 prospect is well aware of the thesis, that he’s NHL ready and would make the NHL club better today if recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins.
The outside noise surrounding Edvinsson is deafening, on social media and in a traditional coverage sense. If Edvinsson wanted to completely avoid everything, he’d have to throw away his phone.
The Red Wings made a choice this summer to let Edvinsson marinate for another season in the AHL. Steve Yzerman signed Shayne Gostisbehere and Justin Holl, traded for Jeff Petry. The Red Wings have seven veteran NHL defenders on their roster, and no matter how well Edvinsson played in training camp, he wasn’t going to make the NHL team.
So he went to Grand Rapids and has effectively dominated.
Edvinsson has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 22 games. He’s averaging 22 minutes, 43 seconds per game on the ice in the AHL — 2:57 per game on the power play, 2:14 on the penalty kill.
He’s averaging 2.45 shots per game and according to inStat he’s winning 60 percent of the puck battles he’s involved in.