Red Wings prospect Moritz Seider will play against the Chicago Blackhawks when the Wings travel to Chicago for preseason action tonight (8:30 PM EDT on the NHL Network/NBCS Chicago Plus/WXYT AM). Seider spoke with MLive’s Ansar Khan regarding the opportunity which presents itself this evening…
“It’s a great opportunity playing in the United Center against some very, very good NHL guys, I think one of the best (Kane),” Seider said after the morning skate at Little Caesars Arena. “It’s always nice when you have a challenge in a game or a nice, important role. I had the opportunity to play one of the best NHL guys in an exhibition game already against USA (Kane at the World Championship) so I’m kind of familiar with that. It was on the big ice. I think it’s completely different in the States (smaller ice).”
The game starts at 8:30 p.m. and will joined in progress on the NHL Network following the Florida-Montreal game that starts at 7 p.m.
Seider (6-4, 203) is coming off his first NHL training camp, following a strong showing at the Prospects Tournament, where he logged a lot of ice time and played physical.
“I think when you’re tall you have to use your size and that’s what I try every single night,” Seider said. “I think playing hard and making the opponent tough to play against me is probably one of the parts of my game, too.”
Khan continues, and he posted a video of Seider’s remarks:
DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji also spoke with Seider and Wings coach Jeff Blashill regarding his debut:
“One of the ways you can become a great defenseman is be as efficient as possible,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “The best D in the world are super-efficient, In terms of winning D, we had the best of all-time here in Nick Lidstrom probably in terms of pure efficiency, created offense without hardly giving anything up. I’m not comparing the two by any stretch but I think Seider has to be super-efficient, he has to use his offensive instincts when the opportunity presents itself but not at the risk of 50-50 plays.
“Sometimes in the Prospects Tournament he got over the 50-50 plays, where he was trying to force things that aren’t necessarily there and that’s how you end up beating yourself as a hockey team. He doesn’t have to, I think he’s got real good offensive and defensive instincts, so use them and be impactful and be a great defender.”
Throughout camp and again tonight in Chicago, Seider has been paired with veteran Trevor Daley.
“He’s one of the most experienced guys in the league, over (1,000) games, I think,” Seider said. “It’s great. He helps me a lot, we communicate a lot. It makes it a lot easier.”
Wakiji also continues; the Wings posted clips of Seider and Blashill’s remarks on Twitter:
"I'm excited, it's a great opportunity playing in the United Center playing against some very good NHL guys."— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) September 18, 2019
Moritz Seider ahead of his preseason debut tonight in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/s1Ub27soFf