The NHL will start the 2021 season on January 13th. The Detroit Red Wings have not played a game since they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on March 10th, 2020. That means that it will have been 309 days in between games. Moritz Seider is one prospect that could help to improve the Red Wings’ historically bad defense.
The 2020 season was a struggle for the Red Wings. Winning only 17 games, general manager Steve Yzerman was trying to put the franchise in the best position to draft Alexis Lafreniere. Lafreniere was the obvious choice for the team selecting first overall. Because of the NHL draft lottery, this would wind up being the New York Rangers.
Fans will more than likely not be in attendance when the new NHL season begins. Watching the Red Wings play at an empty Little Caesars Arena will take some getting used to. Another adjustment that will need to take place quickly is Moritz Seider’s ability to adjust to the speed of the players around him, as he ascends further in the Red Wings’ organization.
Seider was drafted sixth overall by the Red Wings in the 2019 NHL draft. This was not expected at the time. The look on Seider’s face after he was announced as the sixth overall pick by Yzerman went “viral” at the time. Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill said that Seider is big, efficient, and smart.
Moritz Seider on ‘s Rögle BK’s Top Defensive Pair
Playing for Rögle BK during the Covid-19 pause, Seider said recently after a collision in the Swedish Hockey League that ‘Everybody can skate.’ He has done nothing to show that he is not worth being on the top pair of defensemen for Rögle. This follows a season with the Grand Rapids Griffins in which Seider scored two goals and 20 assists, for a total of 22 points during the 2019-2020 American Hockey League season. Had it not been for the coronavirus, Seider might have been able to see some playing time with the Red Wings at the end of the 2019-2020 NHL season. At only 19 years old, Seider has played well so far for Rögle in Germany.
Paul McPherson previously wrote that “at the age of just 17, Seider spent 2018-19 playing for Adler Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). After three seasons with their under-19 team, he made the full-time jump and had a huge season. He was named Rookie of the Year and helped lead Mannheim to the DEL Championship. He had five assists in 14 games during the postseason and was an anchor in the defense that allowed the least goals in the league.”
Seider has decided to skip the World Juniors, which begin on December 25th in Edmonton, Alberta. Martin said that the team left the decision up to the player. Seider told the “Locked on Red Wings Podcast” that his decision came down to there being more playing time for him in Sweden for Rögle. Seider can return to the Griffins or Red Wings after the SHL season ends. This depends on when the AHL season will start. Traveling and having to be in a bubble in Germany were two of the factors that Seider weighed when making the decision about whether or not to play in the World Juniors.
One thing that the Red Wings and their fans have become accustomed to in the recent past is the fact that the team would finish near the bottom of the league. This has not led to success in the draft lottery, unfortunately, which will not help the Red Wings rebuild. Getting rid of the draft lottery would help by not incentivizing teams tanking for a better draft pick.
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