At 1 PM EDT, the 2019 NHL Draft’s second through seventh rounds will be held (simulcast on the NHL Network and NHL.com).
The Red Wings have 9 more picks over the course of the draft’s six remaining rounds–the 35th, 54th, 60th, 66th, 97th, 128th, 143rd, 159th and 190th overall picks–and there will be several solid first-round talents available to the Wings for their second-round picks.
Among this morning’s Moritz Seider-related articles and videos:
- MLive’s Ansar Khan took note of Wings GM Steve Yzerman’s comments regarding Seider…
“We think he has excellent hockey sense,” Yzerman told media at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. “He’s a big kid, a real good skater. In our opinion, he was one of the top defensemen in the draft. We were picking 6 and 35, we had to make a decision; he wasn’t going to be there at 35. We explored options to possibly trade back, we weren’t able to do that.
“We’re pretty excited to get him. I know our fans don’t know much about him, but I think when people come to development camp (next week at Little Caesars Arena) and see him move — Google him, watch him play a little bit — I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised.”
Seider, 18, appeared in 29 games for Mannheim in Germany’s top men’s league (two goals, four assists). Yzerman first started following him in December and spent extensive time with him at last month’s Draft Combine in Buffalo, calling him bright, full of energy and an excellent athlete with a lot of potential.
“He’s a really good player and a really good kid,” Yzerman said. “We think we got an excellent prospect, somebody that’ll really fit into what we’re doing and that our fan base will really enjoy watching.”
2. As did the Free Press’s Helene St. James…
“I think he’s a good, solid two-way guy. He can play the power play, he can walk the line with his head up and get his shot through. I think he’ll play with your top players and play against your top players because he can move the puck. He’s not going to be Erik Karlsson weaving through traffic, but he can skate it and he can pass it. I think he’s going to be a player that can play in all situations.”
Seider played last season for Adler Mannheim of the Deutsch Eishockey Liga, Germany’s highest league, as a 17-year-old. He was named rookie of the year. He had six points in 29 games, plus five assists in 14 playoff games as Mannheim won the DEL championship, contributing five assists. Moritz, who shoots right, is listed as 6-foot-4, 207 pounds.
He first caught Yzerman’s attention in December.
“When I first saw him, I was surprised,” Yzerman said. “You go see a young kid in Germany, I didn’t expect to see the hockey IQ that I saw. He handled it well in a men’s league against a good team. Played in the World Championship on a men’s team, against the Czechs, Slovaks, NHL players. Didn’t look out of place.”
3. Via Abel to Yzerman, the crew from the NHL Tonight weighed in on the Wings’ drafting of Seider…
4. And here are the Red Wings’ first-round draft-day videos: