NHL.com’s Dave Hogg penned an article about Moritz Seider, and Hogg’s article discusses Seider’s possible playing destinations for the 2019-2020 campaign:
Seider impressed more than Yzerman and Detroit’s scouting staff with his World Championship performance. In one of his games, he played against the United States, coached by Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill and featuring Detroit’s top scorer Dylan Larkin at center.
“I’m really happy we got Moritz, because he really showed me some good things when we played them,” Larkin said. “He was facing NHL players and he didn’t seem at all out of place.”
The rookie didn’t disappoint in development camp, either.
“He can skate, he’s poised and he’s got good skills,” said Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff. “He was really impressive.”
He’ll head back to Germany for summer training, then return for rookie camp, training camp and the decision of where he’ll spend 2019-20. The Red Wings have a logjam on the blue line, with youngsters Dennis Cholowski (21-years-old), Filip Hronek (21) and Jared McIsaac (19) already in the mix.
“That’s a tough question, and we will have to have some meetings,” Seider said. “Maybe the AHL with Grand Rapids, or maybe the CHL. But why not Mannheim? It’s one of the best organizations in Europe.”
Continued, and for one more season, at least, I expect Seider to return to Mannheim. Unless the Red Wings expect Seider to make the jump to North America post haste, he’s probably best-served playing pro hockey in Europe, where the literal and figurative (i.e. travel) bumps and grinding aren’t as heavy.