The Hockey News’s Stephen Ellis penned an article discussing Moritz Seider’s performance with the Red Wings thus far:
Seider had two assists in his NHL debut on Oct. 14, a 7-6 overtime loss in an absolute wild affair with Tampa Bay. Seider followed it up with an assist against Vancouver two days later, skating in 22:55 of the game. Seider has always loved getting extra minutes and playing against top talent doesn’t seem to phase him. That’s the steady presence the Red Wings need, and he’s only 20.
Playing alongside veteran Nick Leddy, Seider already looks like a seasoned NHLer and not a young kid getting his legs under him. Of Detroit’s top four, Seider’s 40.48 Corsi-for percentage at 5-on-5 is the best (although, not great compared to the rest of the league). There isn’t too much you can take from stats after just two games, but the eye test definitely suggests he’s already one of Detroit’s better two-way players and his game has transitioned nicely from his tenure in Sweden.
So, where can Seider go from here? He’s clearly the team’s D-man of the future. From a mobility perspective, Seider has a bit of Chris Pronger in him, just with a little less physicality. Some Red Wings fans say he reminds them of Vladimir Konstantinov. Others liken his overall ability to Marc-Edouard Vlasic in his prime.
Overall, there’s a lot of hope that Seider can become a star for a team that needs one on the blueline. Seider can be that man as the team continues to move towards the future – one that should see the team become a true contender in the near future.