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Observations From Day 1 In Traverse City

from Ethan Sears of the Wings website,

As the Detroit Red Wings wrapped up the first day of training camp on Thursday afternoon, Dylan Larkin was asked about Moritz Seider.

Prior to Thursday, when they practiced in the same group, much of Larkin's experience with Seider came during informal skates over the summer or off the ice. That didn't stop the Red Wings' captain from sharing just how impressed he was with the defenseman.

"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.


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