Red Wings: Moritz Seider could see time in NHL during 2020-21 season

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The Detroit Red Wings may get the chance to see Moritz Seider in the winged-wheel uniform during the 2020-21 season.

The Detroit Red Wings shocked just about everyone in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft when they selected Moritz Seider with the sixth-overall draft choice. However, since then, most Red Wings fans have probably come around and realized the talent that Seider brings.

At first, the selection was shocking and brought criticisms, but after seeing the type of player Seider is at the early age of 19, most see the potential. Seider got his first taste of North American hockey in 2019-20 as he was brought over to play for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has made for an interesting turn of events since March of 2020. Still, as the 2020-21 season approaches, likely to begin in January 2021, barring any postponement, Seider will be an interesting player to watch.

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He was loaned on a “COVID loan” back to Adler Mannheim of the DEL German league but has since been moved to Rögle BK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Here he is playing in a league where there are plenty of Red Wings and the organization’s prospects.

Seider has only played in two games so far in the 2020-21 SHL season, but he has logged one assist for one point.

However, when the time comes, and the Red Wings are able to get back on the ice as a team once again for some sort of training camp, Seider might find himself on the move again.

He may be heading over to North America once again to try and make the Red Wings roster.

That being said, there are a few different hypotheses to consider regarding Seider’s 2020-21 season. These are all contingent on a few factors, regardless of Seider’s level of play. The hypotheses are contingent on: the AHL having a 2020-21 season, the DEL moving forward without postponements, and restrictions for NHL team training camps.

The first hypothesis would be that Seider is able to return to the AHL due to a cancelled or postponed season, meaning he would stay overseas. Regardless, another hypothesis is that he would stay overseas in either the SHL or DEL depending on the Red Wings plans and whether they want him playing in either of the respective leagues.

The final hypothesis would be that Seider comes over to North America, battles for a spot, and makes the Red Wings NHL roster, taking Alex Biega’s spot from him on the depth chart. This may sound crazy but is actually more likely than one would think.

As the 2020-21 season approaches, the Red Wings are going to see which defenseman is more likely to fit into which roles. Biega is less than likely to be an effective defenseman and could easily be replaced in the lineup.

This is why Seider might make sense; however, the Red Wings front office will have to iron out what is best for the former first-rounder. The way things have gone in 2020, anything could happen, so do not rule out a Seider debut during the 2020-21 season.

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The Detroit Red Wings are in a rebuild and might be looking to keep Seider off the NHL roster one more season, but he just might don the winged wheel jersey at some point during the 2020-21 season.