DetroitRedWings.com’s Ethan Sears posted a training camp notebook which offers this take on Moritz Seider’s first day at camp:
“He’s a special player,” Larkin said. “You see with him, Lucas Raymond as well. They’re smart players, they’re smart guys. They work extremely hard. You see those high-end skill guys, they play pro, they understand the game, so watching them skate with NHL players, they seem to fit right in and it’s great to see.”
Seider, the Red Wings’ first-round pick in 2019, comes into camp with excitement swirling around him. Though he’s yet to make his NHL debut, the German put together an impressive season in Sweden last year, and is widely projected to make Detroit’s roster out of camp.
Though it’s just one day of camp – meaning next to nothing in the long run – Seider playing opposite Nick Leddy on Thursday, making up what could ostensibly be a top defensive pairing should expectations be blown out of the water, will do little to slow down the excitement.
“I think (Leddy) can bring some of that wisdom not just to Seider but to other guys on our team,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “They’ve introduced some young defensemen there over the last couple of years in New York and I think Leds has seen those guys develop, so I think he can impart some of that wisdom to Seids as well. … That’s the pairing we had today and we’ll see what tomorrow brings but we think it was potentially a good pairing.”