The Athletic’s Max Bultman penned an article discussing Red Wings prospect Moritz Seider’s level of play as evidenced by his 3 prospect tournament games. According to Bultman, the Red Wings’ player development staff is satisfied with what they’ve seen thus far:
“I think the one thing with Mo — the first thing that strikes you — is his personality,” said Shawn Horcoff, the Red Wings’ director of player development, on Monday morning. “He’s a very outgoing guy, wants to learn. He’s confident in his abilities.
“And jeez, he’s looked really, really good this week. It’s not easy for a defenseman — it’s not easy for anyone young, but it’s not easy for a defenseman — to come out and play like he is right now. It’s only two games in, but (he’s) been good so far.”
Horcoff was not alone in that feeling Monday morning, as those seeing Seider at the NHL Prospect Tournament began to digest his play. That specific comment came prior to Detroit’s third game of the tournament — a pseudo-semifinal victory against Toronto in which the big defenseman maybe wasn’t quite as eye-catching as he had been in the two games before. Yet at the end of the night, the scoresheet showed Seider had finished with a pair of assists. He’s one of just three defensemen, through three games at the tournament, with four or more points — and the other two, Adam Fox and Teemu Kivihalme, are 21 and 24, respectively. Seider turned 18 in April.
“He’s really confident with the puck,” center Joe Veleno said after playing his first game with Seider Friday night. “He’s a big defenseman who’s got some good skill, who sees the ice really well, skates well, and you can already tell that he’s going to be a really good defenseman coming up.”