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A Look At Moritz Seider

from Dave Hogg at NHL.com,

Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman had seen some of the mock drafts but wasn't worried about anyone's opinion outside his scouting staff.

"He has excellent hockey sense, he's obviously a big kid at 6-foot-3, and we thought he was one of the best defensemen in the draft," Yzerman said. "We were picking at No. 6 and No. 35, and we didn't think he would be there at No. 35. We're excited to have him."

Seider only turned 18 in April, but he's spent a lot of time playing above his age group. He's played 47 games, including 14 in the postseason, for Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga -- Germany's top league -- and represented Germany at the 2019 World Championship.

"I think playing at that level has helped me a lot, just seeing how those guys prepare every day at practice," he said. "We've got a lot of guys who have won a Stanley Cup in our league, so it is pretty competitive. I think that's a big advantage for my game."

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Saw some speculation in Edmonton press that even though Edmonton
was publicly linked to Broberg for a while, they were also high on Seider
whose stock was apparently rising pretty rapidly. If Edmonton was likely to pick best D available and liked Seider and Holland had an idea presumably what his scouts thought about Seider, it’s easy to imagine dropping to 10th or lower being too big a risk; too clever by half.

Time will tell his upside but winning teams really need at least one D like this.
It’s a hard combination to find.

Instinctually i loved this pick - maybe because it was so bold and represented such a clear need met with lots of good attributes physical and mental.

Broberg might be the flashier skater and offensive player but I’ve read a few places his hockey sense leaves a little to be desired. And that for a puck rusher he doesn’t have the steadiest puck control.

I’m the farthest thing from a scout. Just interesting things to think about in July.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/09/19 at 10:03 AM ET

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Meant 8th or lower

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/09/19 at 10:17 AM ET

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Saw some speculation in Edmonton press that even though Edmonton
was publicly linked to Broberg for a while, they were also high on Seider
whose stock was apparently rising pretty rapidly.

Up until a month before the draft Holland was scouting for Detroit, and the Wings have a similar need on D, so it makes sense that Edmonton would be linked with Broberg if they knew that Yzerman was picking Seider.

Also, I saw a video that had speculation that Buffalo (who picked 7) were taking Seider if they had the chance.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/09/19 at 10:25 AM ET

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Seider 6’3, Tuomisto 6’4, and is McIsaac 6’‘1 we should have some size on our blue line.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 07/09/19 at 01:51 PM ET

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