Audio from Monday’s morning skate at the Red Wings’ prospect tournament ’19: A Seider tidbit; Romeo starts; quips from Kuffner, Smith, Regula, Zadina and coach Simon

The Detroit Red Wings play the Toronto Maple Leafs this evening (6 PM EDT on Red Wings YouTube and Fox Sports GO), and Sean Romeo is going to start for the Wings this evening. Everyone else is healthy (all 27 skaters took part in the morning skate, including some limited participation by Filip Larsson), so we’ll see what lineup decisions coach Simon makes.

The Wings held a morning skate, after which a) Moritz Seider told’s Arthur J. Regner that he’d prefer to play in North America this upcoming season, b) the room was a little crowded with The Hockey News coming in to do video interviews, and:

I spoke with Ryan Kuffner regarding his take on the tournament thus far, his role as a secondary scorer, and his belief that it’s easy to focus on the tournament and only the tournament once you’re in the moment of playing for your teammates:

Givani Smith talked about everything from stepping up physically in the leadership department to playing with cats yesterday at the Cherryland Humane Society:

Alec Regula discussed playing alongside Moritz Seider as a function of his ability to complement offensive rovers like Bouchard in London, his hopes of displaying that he’s not only a physical defender, but also that he can provide offense, and his desire to step up for the London Knights in what will probably be his final junior season:

Filip Zadina discussed his inability to score versus his desire to produce points by any means necessary, whether he’s feeling frustrated at present, his hopes of beating the Leafs tonight and a few other questions:

Finally, coach Ben Simon gave a lengthy pre-game interview, discussing the decision to start Romeo this evening, his takes on Zadina and Seider’s play, whether Seider would have to adjust playing against men in North America after a pro season in the DEL and whether the Wings focus on the Leafs’ players or whether they’re focused on doing the best they can to play at maximum capacity (the latter):

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