Mature Seider has impressed at Prospects Tournament
Moritz Seider, Detroit’s first-round draft pick, has decided to play in the States and not in Europe, for this reason: “It should be about making the (Detroit) team 100 percent. That’s why I’m here.”
Moritz Seider, the Red Wings’ first-round draft pick (sixth overall) in June’s NHL draft, has played well in the first three games of the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City.
The 18-year-old defenseman had two assists in Monday’s 7-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs prospects at Centre I.C.E. Arena, to give him four assists for the tournament so far. He has shown the ability to jump up into the play without getting burned, has quarterbacked the power play smoothly and has exhibited a bit of a mean streak.
“We feel like he’s playing very well,” Shawn Horcoff, Detroit director of player development, told Ken Kal and Daniela Bruce during the YouTube live stream of Monday’s game. “… We really feel good about where he is now.”
He added that the 6-4, 207-pound defenseman is mature for his age.
“His personality is incredible, actually,” Horcoff said. “He really wants to get better. An impressive individual.”
Grand Rapids coach Ben Simon, who is coaching Detroit’s prospects in the tournament, agreed.
“Talking to him and being around him for a week here, you can tell that he's a pretty mature kid,” Simon said.
Seider signed a three-year entry-level contract over the summer and was expected to either return to Mannhein in DEL (Germany’s top pro league) or play with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.
But he says things have changed.
"It's probably not Germany anymore. I decided for myself probably staying in the States for a couple years now," Seider said on the Red Wings’ website. "First of all, it should be about making the (Detroit) team 100 percent. That's why I'm here.
"If that's not possible, I think Detroit has a great AHL team. Grand Rapids is just two hours away. Maybe that's the best way, stepping on the small ice,” compared to the larger ice surfaces in Europe.
But, of course, the Wings will have the final say on that.
Simon put things into perspective.
"This is a rookie tournament. In two games, he's done well. He's shown well for himself," Simon said before Monday’s game. "He's shown poise with the puck, he's making plays with the puck, he's seeing plays, he's making plays. Again, he has been encouraging. He's a bright spot for this team right now. Hopefully again, he takes that into training camp and continues to progress through the training camp.”
The Red Wings’ win over Toronto on Monday gives Detroit the Howe Division championship and sent them into Tuesday’s championship game against Lindsay Division champs the Dallas Stars.
Joe Veleno scored an empty-net goal on Monday to give him five for the tournament. Chase Pearson led the way with a hat trick, Troy Loggins scored twice and Taro Hirose added a goal.