Yzerman calls Seider ‘one of the top defensemen in the draft’
Red Wing draftee Moritz Seider “has excellent hockey sense,” says GM Steve Yzerman.
Steve Yzerman and the Red Wings tried to trade down and gain other assets in the NHL draft because they had targeted German defenseman Moritz Seider as their top draft choice but could not find a trade partner.
So they surprised everyone by taking Seider with the sixth overall pick on Friday night.
“We think he has excellent hockey sense,” Yzerman told the media at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. “He’s a big kid, a real good skater. In our opinion, he was one of the top defensemen in the draft. We were picking 6 and 35, we had to make a decision; he wasn’t going to be there at 35. We explored options to possibly trade back, we weren’t able to do that.”
Seider, 18, is 6-3 and 208 pounds and played with Adler Mannheim of Germany’s top professional league, the Deutsch Eishockey Liga, in 2018-19. He produced two goals and six points in 29 games and was plus-2, winning rookie of the year honors as the second youngest player in the league at 17 (he turned 18 on April 6).
“I think he’s a good, solid two-way guy,” Yzerman said. “I think he can play the power play, he can walk the line and get his head up, get his shot through. I think he’ll play with your top players and play against top players because he can move the puck.
“He’s not going to be Erik Karlsson weaving through traffic and all that, but he can skate it, he can pass. So, I think he has some ability to play in offensive situations, but I don’t want to create this illusion that he’s an offensive guy. I think he’s going to be a player that can play in all situations.”
Adler Mannheim also won the league championship and Seider had five assists and was plus-6 in 14 playoff games. He represented Germany in the World Junior Championship Division 1A Qualifier in December and January and the World Championship in May.
Seider scored twice in five World Championship games, playing against better competition, many of which were NHL players.
He was surprised, to say the least, by being taken with the sixth overall pick.
“I was just shocked,” Seider told media at the draft. “My hands are shaking. My legs are still shaking. I looked to my mom; she was so shocked. I think she was way more nervous. … It’s still an unreal moment.”
He will take part in the Red Wings Development Camp at Little Caesars Arena, which is Tuesday through Saturday.
With three second round picks on Saturday, the Wings took Finnish defenseman Antti Tuomisto with the 35th overall pick, American left wing Robert Mastrosimone at No. 54, and Swedish defenseman Albert Johansson with the 60th overall selection.
Tuomisto, 6-4 and 193 pounds, played with Assat of Finland’s junior league and had nine goals, 35 points and 49 penalty minutes this past season. He is an outstanding skater to go along with his size and improved greatly in 2018-19.
Mastrosimone, 5-10 and 159 pounds and a native of East Islip, N.Y., had 31 goals and 29 assists in 54 games with Chicago of the United States Hockey League. He is a high energy forward with speed and a good shot who gets everything possible out of his abilities.
Johansson, 6-feet and 165 pounds, had five goals and 29 points in 40 games with Farjestad of the Swedish junior league last season and is a left-handed shot.
The Red Wings’ third-round pick was Swedish defenseman Albin Grewe, whom they took with the 66th pick. He is 5-11, 190 pounds and his stock fell while splitting 2018-19 with Djurgarden in Sweden’s junior league and Djurgarden of the professional Swedish Hockey League. Grewe was pointless in 15 games in Sweden’s top pro league but dominated the junior circuit with 13 goals and 34 points and 102 penalty minutes in 25 games.
The rest of the Wings’ picks on Saturday were center Ethan Phillips, 5-9, 150, Sioux Falls, USHL (fourth round, 97th pick); defenseman Cooper Moore, 6-1, 175, Connecticut’s Brunswick Prep (fifth round, 128th pick); right wing Elmer Soderblom, 6-6, 219, Frolunda, Swedish Junior (sixth round, 159th pick); defenseman Gustav Berglund, 6-2, 194, Frolunda, Sweden U-18 (sixth round, 177th pick); left wing Kirill Tyutyayev, 5-9, 146, Yekaterinburg 2, Russia Junior (seventh round, 190th pick) and goalie Carter Gylander, 6-5-171, Sherwood Park, Alberta Junior Hockey League.
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