Both the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan and the Free Press’s Helene St. James posted articles regarding the comments made by Wings first round draft pick Moritz Seider today.
As Kulfan noted, Seider received a welcome-to-the-Wings call from Dylan Larkin this past weekend…
“It was so much fun at the draft, now it’s kind of calm,” Seider said after his first workout at LCA. “It’s getting better. It’s fun to be here. It was pretty cool to spend another day with my family (back in Vancouver) and now come to Detroit. It was such a nice welcome here. Everyone is excited, so me too.”
Seider enjoyed walking into LCA.
“Amazing,” Seider said of his emotions. “When you walk into the building, it’s all brand new. It’s been real exciting so far.”
Seider expects discussions with the Wings’ front office at some point, regarding whether he’ll remain in Germany next season, or begin his pro career in North America. Seider received an unexpected phone call upon being drafted Friday.
“Dylan Larkin called,” Seider said of the Wings’ young star. “I was so excited, I didn’t know what to say. It was just real cool.”
And the Free Press’s St. James asked Seider whether he’ll play in North America this fall–a decision that has yet to be made:
Seider can use this week to get a feel for what it is like to play on the smaller ice sheet used in North America. The Wings can use the week to teach about him about nutrition and get him immersed in how they want players to work out.
Seider will be back for training camp in September. He could end up returning to Germany, he could play in Grand Rapids – or he could be on the opening night roster.
“I can’t answer that right now,” Seider said. “We have to sit down for a couple meetings and figure out what is best for yourself, where you can play the most. I don’t know yet.”
Shawn Horcoff, the team’s director of player development, called Seider “a big kid who can skate well. Especially for a guy like that, that hasn’t really skated in a month, coming off the draft, it’s a tough stretch. He had a good day today.”