Red Wings Select Simon Edvinsson with No. 6 Pick in 2021 NHL Draft

DETROIT — With the Red Wings’ first pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, they selected defenseman Simon Edvinsson from Sweden as the No. 6 overall pick in the first round on Friday night.

The 6-foot-4, 198 pound 18-year-old played 24 games for Frolunds and Vasteras in Sweden. He is ranked second among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting Services behind forward William Eklund.

He was a prolific scorer for Sweden at the U-18 World Championship, where he recorded four points in seven games which helped lead the team to a gold medal.

After picking Edvinsson at No. 6, the Red Wings originally had the 23rd overall pick but traded up for the No. 15 overall draft pick where they selected Sebastian Cossa, a goalie from Canada.

It was also a historic night for the University of Michigan, as they had players selected as the No. 1, 2, 4 and 5 picks in the first round of the draft.

Owen Powers went to the Buffalo Sabres as the No. 1 overall pick, Matty Beniers became the first Seattle Kraken taken in a draft as the No. 2 pick, Jack Hughes was selected by the New Jersey Devils at No. 4 and the No. 5 overall pick was Kent Johnson, taken by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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