The Detroit Red Wings announced they have signed defenseman Moritz Seider, the team’s 2019 first-round pick, to a three-year, entry-level contact. MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that the Red Wings will wait to see how he fares in training camp to decide whether to assign him to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL or send him back to Germany for one more year.
Seider was a rising prospect, especially late in the draft after an impressive performance at the World Championships for Germany and the Red Wings and general manager Steve Yzerman surprised quite a few people when they selected Seider over a number of top forward prospects, especially considering that Seider wasn’t considered to be the top defensive prospect. However, the 6-foot-4 blueliner had an impressive season in the Deutsch Eishockey Liga, the top German league, where he was named Rookie of the Year there, posting two goals and six points in 29 games. He also played a big role on Germany’s Junior World Championships where he was named the best defenseman in the tournament after scoring seven points in five games.
The blueliner is considered to be a smooth-skating defenseman who has the physical ability to dominate on the defensive side of the ice. Those skills, plus his leadership ability, will likely make him a top-four player for the Red Wings for years once he arrives in Detroit. His offensive skills are less polished although he has seen glimpses of some, suggesting he could develop into somewhat of a point-producer over time.