Detroit Red Wings: Expect to see Moritz Seider sooner rather than later

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With the Detroit Red Wings season down the drain, Moritz Seider will most likely be getting his nine-game trial in the National Hockey League (NHL) soon.

Back in June of 2019, with the sixth overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft, Detroit Red Wings General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman shocked people with his selection of German defenseman Moritz Seider.

Now, in February of 2020, it seems like Seider is going to get his first shot to play in the NHL on his nine-game trial run similar to that of Filip Zadina‘s in the 2018-19 season. The Detroit Red Wings may promote the first-rounder instead of injuries, and hopefully, a few trade deadline moves that leave them short of defensemen.

Seider has done exceptionally well in his transfer from overseas to North American hockey with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League (AHL). With the Griffins in the AHL, Seider has played in forty-four games, boasting two goals and seventeen assists for nineteen points while being minus-four on the season so far.

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Seider’s level of play has been excellent, making phenomenal plays, whether it be simple heads up hockey, slick passes to create scoring chances or throwing the body around to keep his physical presence alive and well.

Besides playing with the Griffins, Seider was also allowed a leadership role with the German National team when he was named captain of the team for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship earlier this year.

Seider would also notch six helpers in seven games for six total points while displaying great leadership according to several teammates from the German team. His development since being drafted has been impeccable, leaving myself and most fans to think that Yzerman saw something the rest of us did not.

Seider has the makings of a real captain of the blueline for the Detroit Red Wings future the way he is developing. There are so many things to look at that make him an up-and-coming prospect for this organization, and if it pans out as expected, this team is looking at a real stud of a defenseman.

I will stand by my prediction that Seider has the tools to be a comparable player to Victor Hedman if he pans out, the way he’s developing makes this seem more likely than not, leaving me with my fingers crossed hoping for the best.

But now, it seems like the time has come, Seider is going to get his chance to try and hang with the NHL crowd for a few games. It sure seems like the Red Wings are going to give him a shot this season, especially with the team being so far down the gutter, they are surging towards the lottery sweepstakes for Alexis Lafrenière.

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Hopefully, Seider will turn some heads and give the fans something to cheer about with the 2019 first-round selection showing he is almost ready to make the final leap to the NHL for good.