Former Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman appeared on 97.1 the Ticket’s Jamie and Stoney Show this morning, giving a 12-minute interview:
Bowman now works as a senior advisor to the Chicago Blackhawks, and Bowman addressed several Red Wings-related topics.
Bowman is based in Sarasota, Florida, so he’s taken in a lot of Tampa Bay Lightning games during Steve Yzerman’s reign as GM, and Bowman had this to say about the Wings’ decision to draft Moritz Seider 6th overall:
“Steve, he doesn’t care,” Scotty Bowman told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket. “What you have to do running a team is, sometimes you have to try to hit some home runs. And I think this guy could be a home run. I really do. I know from the talk about him that he was good the last part of last year.”
As an 18-year-old playing in Germany’s top pro league last season, Seider showed the maturity of his game. He’s a terrific skater who’s calm under pressure. He moves the puck quickly and cleanly. He thinks the game a couple plays ahead.
When Seider put a stamp on his strong season at the World Championships last month, his draft stock really began to rise. The Red Wings were far from the only team in on him. Bowman, a senior advisor for the Blackhawks (his son Stan is the team’s GM), said Seider was a trending name across the NHL.
And the league could get to know him quickly.
“I don’t know if he’s ready to come in right away, but he’s very close because he played against men. And I know that the Blackhawks had him rated really high. Everyone had him rated high. He was either going to be the second or third defenseman drafted,” said Bowman.