Detroit Red Wings: Moritz Seider not participating in Prospect Tournament

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The Detroit Red Wings are participating/hosting the 2021 NHL Prospect Tournament, which will take place in Traverse City between September 16th-19th. There are six teams participating, and the Red Wings will play three games during the course of this prospect tune-up.

The Detroit Red Wings have a plethora of former high-draft picks participating on their 23-man roster. However, defenseman Moritz Seider was not listed as participating on the team’s roster, which may be a little surprising.

In Steve Yzerman’s first draft after returning to the Red Wings organization as General Manager, he went out and grabbed defenseman Seider with the sixth overall pick. The pick may have come as a shock to some, but the hindsight makes Yzerman look like a genius.

Seider has taken the Red Wings organization by storm, garnering a lot of attention on his road to the NHL. While he has been bounced back and forth between the Grand Rapids Griffins and Rögle BK of the SHL due to the pandemic, Seider appears ready to try his hand in the NHL in 2021-22.

Detroit Red Wings’ Moritz Seider not participating in NHL Prospect Tournament.

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Seider being left off the roster for this tournament should not be too worrisome for fans. Keeping him out may be a precaution to avoid any injuries and keep him healthy for the full-team training camp.

The Red Wings are going to treat Seider differently since he has logged games in the AHL and has played in the North American leagues.

Some of these other high-level prospects like Jonatan Berggren and Lucas Raymond have played in these North American leagues like the AHL or NHL.

The experience will be pretty crucial for some of those guys, but for Seider, his sights will be on training camp and putting out the best performance he can there. It’s not going to be much of a shock if Seider has a strong training camp.

After an award-winning season over in the SHL last year and a quality debut in the AHL in 2019-20, the hopes are going to be quite high for Seider. Frankly, the odds of him donning a winged wheel jersey for opening night puck drop should not be too shocking whatsoever.

Seider seems to have a good handle on things, and training camp seems like it will be his final proving ground to say “hey, give me my chance” and show that he is ready. The Red Wings are likely going to play it safe, so his spot on the NHL roster may not be etched in stone yet, but training camp can cement it.

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As the 2021 NHL Prospect Tournament comes and goes, Seider will not participate, keeping his sights on training camp and the 2021-22 season.