FYI: It’s official now:
Here’s more from the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:
What complicates the situation is the fact it’s extremely uncertain whether there will even be a American League season.
The AHL is a league dependent on the revenue from fans in the arena — something the pandemic has temporarily taken away in the vast majority of municipalities.
Seider, 19, progressed steadily while playing in Grand Rapids last season.
Seider had 22 points (two goals, 20 assists) in 49 games, and began asserting himself on the ice as the season went on. He was expected to be promoted to the Wings near the end of the regular season, but saw that opportunity erased when the NHL season was shut down due to the coronavirus.
The Wings also officially announced the assigning of forward Joe Veleno to Malmo (Sweden).
Seider and Veleno join Mathias Brome (Sweden), Filip Hronek (Czech Republic), Filip Larsson (Sweden), Gustav Lindstrom (Sweden), Jared McIsaac (Finland), Michael Rasmussen (Austria), Moritz Seider (Germany) and Filip Zadina (Czech Republic) as young Wings who are, or will be, playing in Europe.
Update #2: MLive’s Ansar Khan weighs in:
“We want everybody playing but particularly some of these young kids that can be loaned, we want to get them going,” Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman said. “Mo’s desire and our desire is to get him playing, as well as all of our young guys.
“Some of the leagues in Europe, depending on the league, you can loan them and bring them back once (the NHL) starts. Other leagues have rules that if you send them there, they’re there for the season. So that comes into play as well.”
Yzerman said it is his understanding that players loaned to Sweden and Finland’s top leagues must remain there for the duration of the season but players loaned to Allsvenskan, Sweden’s second league, can return to North America during the season.