3 promising prospects who will help turn the Red Wings into annual playoff contenders

The Detroit Red Wings have an elite pool of prospects, and you can expect a few of them to climb into full-time roles at the NHL level next year.

Columbus Blue Jackets v Detroit Red Wings
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Simon Edvinsson is getting his chance to shine once again

Simon Edvinsson was one of my “untouchable prospects” whom Yzerman could not sell at the trade deadline. That became official when the 58-year-old elected not to buy on March 8th and proceed with his current group for the rest of 2023-24, potentially opening a spot for Edvinsson to join the big club on their quest for the playoffs. 

A recent recall to Detroit confirmed this, and it won’t be long before we see Edvinsson regularly taking the ice as a Red Wing. We saw him play in nine games for Detroit last season and another two games back in December when he recorded his only point of the season so far. Edvinsson returned to the lineup in Tuesday’s win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, logging 22 shifts and 18:36 of ice time, one hit, and two blocks. 

He only has three points in those 12 career games, but it won’t be long before Edvinsson brings the two-way game we saw so often in Grand Rapids. The 21-year-old had 29 points and eight goals in 52 games at the time of his recall, so fans know what they are getting from the blueliner when he acclimates to the NHL level.