The Athletic’s Corey Pronman posted a list of the “most interesting players” to attend each and every one of the NHL’s 31 training camps this fall, and his pick for the Red Wings is spot-on:
Detroit: Moritz Seider, D
The Wings made noise early at the draft by selecting Seider sixth overall. They weren’t alone in the NHL world in thinking he was that good, but it was a minority opinion. It’s expected Seider won’t make the team and will spend a year in the AHL or Germany, but he still is clearly the most interesting player going to camp. As someone who didn’t get much ice time last season, a lot of scouts and fans want to see what exactly Seider can bring at an NHL camp. His skating is clearly at NHL level, but his puck-game will be closely monitored.
Continued (paywall); Seider looked great at the summer development camp, but playing against similarly-aged prospects at the Wings’ prospect tournament will reveal how Seider plays with much less time and space to be demonstrative on the 85-foot-wide NHL rink.
If Seider struggles, I’m not going to worry too much–he is all of 18, with 33 professional games to his credit–but I’m pretty sure he knows that he’s going to have to adjust to the smaller ice and faster pace very quickly if he is to step up and lead at the prospect tournament.