Red Wings prospect and Rogle BK defenseman Moritz Seider spoke with the Detroit News’s Nolan Bianchi regarding his decision to skip the World Junior Championship in order to continue playing in the SHL…
The prized blue-line prospect told hosts of the “Locked On Red Wings Podcast” that the decision basically came down to the amount of games he’ll have the chance to play with his pro team in Sweden, vs. the amount of game action he’d see by representing Germany at the World Juniors.
“I think I would miss up to 16 games during (that) time,” Seider said. “We’re just finding the best way, personally, for me, was probably staying here and playing a lot of games, especially in December. It’s always busy around Christmas and New Year’s.”
As well as the following:
On what’s different about playing in the SHL vs. the AHL: “Almost everything is based on your skating abilities. Everybody can skate in this league and it’s freaking fast. Really talented, shifty forwards, they’re super skilled, you have to be really careful about how you’re using your stick. You can’t just throw your body over the ice, because then you will get beat, because of the big sheet (of ice). … That was the most challenging thing for me, adjusting my defensive game, just (reading) the game, when you’re able to join the rush, creating space for your teammates. All in all, I’m kind of split about what I should like a little bit more: The big ice or the small sheet in North America, because I think I can take both sizes to what’s my advantage.”