Detroit Hockey Now’s Allen grades the Wings’ defensemen

Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen posted a subscriber-only article in which he grades the Red Wings’ defensemen after 14 games of play:

Moritz Seider A

Expectations were high, and yet he has exceeded them. He is third on the team in scoring with 11 points in 14 games. He leads Detroit’s defense in plus-minus (+4) and Corsi (48.7%). At 20, Seider has an aura — the Detroit Red Wings seem more in control when he’s on the ice. He still make defensive mistakes, but probably fewer than you would expect for a player his age. When you consider all the ways he can help a team, he probably is the team’s most important player.

Filip Hronek  C+

He’s been better since he was scratched for a couple of games. His Corsi is 42.5%, worst among the blue line regulars. Hronek’s offensive performance has picked up. Hronek has plenty of ability, but the consistency just isn’t there. He has seven points now while logging more than 23 minutes per game. He plays more than every other defensemen, even Seider. Filip Hronek is a key player in the Red Wings’ rebuild. The Detroit Red Wings want a little more now.

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