When considering the club’s draft strategy the past few seasons, it may appear that a youth movement is alive and well along the blueline for the Detroit Red Wings. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find a seasoned position group with a wealth of NHL experience.
Since becoming the Red Wings’ Executive Vice President and General Manager prior to the 2019-20 season, Steve Yzerman has had defensive depth on his mind. Yzerman and his amateur scouting staff have selected 13 defensemen, including a combined six blueliners in the first and second rounds of the NHL Entry Draft.
The prevailing thought in Hockeytown is that Moritz Seider, selected with the sixth overall pick in 2019, is next in line and will plug in on defense for the 2021-22 season. While he figures to have every chance to make the Opening Night roster, Seider will undoubtedly need to earn his spot with a solid performance and a standout compete level in Training Camp.
However next season shakes out for Seider and Detroit’s other young defensemen, they’ll have a chance to learn from some accomplished veterans. The Red Wings currently have seven blueliners on their active roster, encompassing 51 seasons of NHL experience and 2,990 games played.