RED WINGS SELECT D-MAN AND GOALIE IN FIRST ROUND OF 2021 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Second-Ranked European Skater Has Skated for Sweden’s Frolunda HC Since 2018-19
The Red Wings have selected defenseman Simon Edvinsson in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Edvinsson is a 6-foot-4, 198-pound blueliner who hails from Kungsbacka, Sweden, and saw time in three different leagues during the 2020-21 campaign. Edvinsson primarily played for Frolunda HC – the same organization that was home to Detroit’s fourth overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Lucas Raymond – where he started the season with the club’s under-20 team and contributed six points (1-5-6), a plus-four rating and 10 penalty minutes in 14 games. He then made his professional debut by skating in 14 games with second-tier Vasteras IK where he logged five assists, before graduating to Frolunda’s Swedish Hockey League team where he appeared in 10 games and notched one assist. Edvinsson captured a bronze medal with Sweden to finish the season, picking up four points (1-3-4) in seven games at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Championship to lead the team’s defensemen in scoring.
The 18-year-old blueliner has developed in Frolunda’s system for the past three seasons. Edvinsson has totaled 12 points (1-11-12), a plus-seven rating and 20 penalty minutes in 22 games at the Swedish under-20 level in addition to 25 points (6-19-25), a plus-39 rating and 14 penalty minutes in 37 games on the under-17 circuit. In 2018-19, Edvinsson helped Frolunda’s under-18 club capture a league championship. Edvinsson additionally represented his country at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, racking up five assists in five games.
DETROIT TRADES UP TO SELECT GOALTENDER SEBASTIAN COSSA WITH 15TH OVERALL PICK AT 2021 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Top-Ranked North American Goaltender Posted 17-1-1 Record and Led WHL in Goals-Against Average and Save Percentage in 2020-21
The Red Wings have selected goaltender Sebastian Cossa in the first round (15th overall) of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to the pick, the Red Wings acquired the 15th overall pick from the Dallas Stars in exchange for the 23rd, 48th and 138th overall selections in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Cossa, 18, posted a dominant Western Hockey League season with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2020-21, leading the league in both goals-against average (1.57) and save percentage (0.941), while tying for the league lead in shutouts (4) and ranking second in wins (17) among his 17-1-1 record. Cossa’s season ranks among the best in WHL history, posting the third-lowest goals-against average and third-best save percentage in the history of the league. As a WHL rookie in 2019-20, Cossa posted a 21-6-3 record, 2.23 goals-against average, 0.921 save percentage and four shutouts.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound goaltender was the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s top North American goaltender for the draft, and he was the first goaltender off the board. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Cossa is one of five goaltenders recently named to Hockey Canada’s development camp for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship. Prior to joining the Oil Kings, Cossa played the previous three seasons (2016-19) with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers in the Alberta minor hockey ranks, notably winning a league championship, top goaltender and most-valuable player honors in 2016-17.