Seider was drafted sixth overall by the Red Wings in 2019 and his reaction was one of shock. Prior to the draft that year Seider was projected to be drafted anywhere from 12th to 23rd in the first round. This was the first draft for general manager Steve Yzerman after leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning in September of 2018 when they were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He replaced Ken Holland who had lots of success in Hockeytown, winning four Stanley Cups, before leaving to become the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused uncertainty for hockey players looking to hone their craft during the 2019-20 season. Seider played for Rögle BK of the Swedish Hockey League and put up 7 goals and 21 assists in 41 games played. While this league’s play is not on the level of the NHL it is still a professional men’s hockey league. This appeared to be a sign of things to come in Seider’s young career.
Seider is one of the early candidates for the Calder Trophy during the 2021-22 NHL season. The rookie of the year does not normally go to defensemen as forwards put up more points. While it is too early to call this race both Seider and Lucas Raymond are among the betting favorites according to The Score. Yzerman seems to have found not only a gem in Raymond but also a diamond in the ruff in Seider.
The 20-year-old from Zell, Germany is not the only rookie Red Wing that has surprised the hockey world during the first month of the 2021-22 NHL season. Raymond leads all rookies in points with 9. Seider also has 8 points in 9 games played so far. These two players are certainly playing well enough to be the cornerstones of the “Yzerplan” moving forward. The roster is beginning to be filled out by players with high hockey IQ that Yzerman covets.
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