Red Wings: Moritz Seider is a player to watch in 2020-21 season

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After his first season with the Detroit Red Wings organization, Moritz Seider looks to turn even more heads in 2020-21.

The Detroit Red Wings selected Moritz Seider in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft with the sixth overall pick. Initially, General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman’s draft choice was criticized and deemed shocking.

After his first season in the Red Wings, Seider has shown that he is going to be special for this organization. Seider paired with whoever is selected fourth overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft should be a vital addition to the remainder of this rebuild.

It has only been one year, but Seider shows plenty of future potential as a leader for this organization. For example, with the World Junior team this past year, Seider was the captain, and all the players seemed to speak positively about him.

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Seider’s on the ice performance saw an excellent entry into the North American game, but his off the ice personality and leadership also adapted quite well. With the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL), Seider played in 49 games.

Over those 49 games, Seider managed two goals, 20 assists, 22 total points while being minus-five on the season. Not too shabby for his first campaign in North America after playing all his previous hockey in Germany.

The Red Wings should be excited for Seider and what he brings to the table as a top-flight prospect. Year one is only the beginning for Seider, and the 2020-21 season should be a chance for him to breakthrough and become an elite prospect.

Seider is an exceptional prospect with phenomenal future potential, but he can break out and show that he is going to develop into a solid number one defender. There is only one downside to Seider’s game, which his physicality.

One of the things that Seider does is throw the body around on the ice. His 6-foot-4, 207-pound frame can be used to his advantage. The disadvantage is that he can injure himself in the process which happened this season after he lit up an opposing player.

All-in-all, Seider is one of the most exciting players to watch in the Red Wings system, and the 2020-21 season should be another opportunity for him to showcase what he could pan out to be. This next year will allow Seider to show that he will be a staple on the Red Wings blue line.

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It seems like Seider might even get the call-up to the Detroit Red Wings in 2020-21 for a trial basis to let him show his stuff at the NHL level.