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Detroit’s Defense On Display At The World Championship

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

At least one Detroit Red Wing will return from the World Championship with a medal.

Defensemen Troy Stecher and Moritz Seider helped their teams to quarterfinal victories Thursday in Latvia and a spot in Saturday’s semifinals.

Canada, with Stecher, defeated Russia 2-1 in overtime and will face the United States on Saturday (7:15 a.m. ET, NHL Network). Germany, with Seider, edged Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout to advance against Finland on Saturday (11:15 a.m. ET, NHL Network).

Andrew Mangiapane (Calgary) scored the winning goal for Canada. Stecher made it possible by taking a drop pass just inside the blue line, making two nifty moves to elude defenders and sending a backhand pass across the front of the net for a one-timer.

Stecher led his team in ice time (25:51).

Seider logged 23:07, second on his team, in ice time. Leon Gawanke scored the tying goal with 44 seconds remaining in the third period.

“I think we were the better team from the beginning,” Seider said in a story posted on iihf.com. “There was no doubt that we were going to win that game. We can be very proud of ourselves.


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The move by Stetcher around a defenseman on a game winning goal is worth watching.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/04/21 at 10:28 AM ET


hell yeah it is. I like watching Legorocks99 on Youtube. He’s a Canucks fan and absolutely hates that they let Stetcher walk, its pretty funny.

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 06/04/21 at 10:36 AM ET

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That was sweet!  They better protect Stecher in the expansion draft. Vancouver made a mistake.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/04/21 at 01:20 PM ET


They better protect Stecher in the expansion draft. Vancouver made a mistake.

Between Cholo, Lindstrom and Stetcher one must be exposed. Considering Stech is 4 years (?) older and UFA after next season, it’s not so clear.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/04/21 at 01:51 PM ET


He and staal had the best advanced stats at one point last season.  Were already graduating Seider barring setbacks.  Hronek, seider and one of stetcher, lindstrom or biega will round out right shots on D.  Id keep Stetcher and roll the dice on cholo or lindstrom getting picked, happy for whichever is left.  I think either one will be pushed out by ome of mcissac, sobrango, wallinder, johansson in a couple years.

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/04/21 at 02:53 PM ET

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Why must we protect Stecher? Don’t get me wrong I like him as a fit for the current team. BUT…

First strike against him: he’s a RHD (same as Seider, same as Hronek) that means: he’s going to be a 3rd pairing guy (eventually).

Second strike: Like stated above he’s going into his UFA year and is 27 yrs old. I see his ceiling as a #4 d-man and 2nd pair guy who can get minutes on the 2nd unit PP—not anymore with Seider. He’s a great value for the 1.7M he’s signed for this season—and he was certainly an upgrade from Errorsson and Daley—but why should the Wings commit serious dollars in free agency to a 28 year old that gives you 25-30 points a year at best and will be a 3rd pair guy? Then why protect him? This runs especially true when you would lose a guy with ceilings just as high as that 3rd pairing guy who is 4-5 years younger in Lindström. Then you factor in all recent drafts of d-men in the 1st-3rd rounds that should yield a comparable replacement for cheaper:

LHD: Dennis Cholowski (1st round, 20th overall), William Wallinder (2nd round, 32nd overall), Jared McIsaac (2nd, 36th) Albert Johansson (2nd, 60), Donovan Sebrango (3rd, 63), Eemil Viro (3rd, 70), Kasper Kotkansalo (3rd, 71)

RHD: Moritz Seider (1st, 6), Antti Tuomisto (2nd, 35), Gustav Lindström(2nd, 38), Filip Hronek (2nd, 53), Seth Barton (3rd, 81)

Next, you have to factor in the 2021 draft picks in the 1st if Detroit takes a d-man with either pick.

Finally, factor in the fact the team would be better served by letting the prospects who already spent time in the AHL/overseas play at the NHL level instead of ripening them for a 3rd year in the AHL/overseas to save a spot for a 3rd pair d-man.

Posted by d ca on 06/04/21 at 03:11 PM ET


After starting with 3 losses, Gallant led no names Canada team to gold medal at the Worlds.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/06/21 at 07:12 PM ET

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