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04/21/2020 at 9:02am EDT

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

One of the Red Wings' top prospects is a defenseman, 2019 first-round pick Moritz Seider. He's been with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League all season as Yzerman has preached patience. Have you seen him waver at all from that stance?

"No, I haven't seen that all. I've watched Seider play and I really like him as a prospect, as everybody does, and in my opinion, I didn't think he's [NHL] ready either. … The one thing I've seen over my years of scouting is when someone's brought to the NHL too soon and they're not ready, it tends to set people back. They're going to hit a major bump in the road and if they're not ready or able to fight through it, not only does it hurt the player physically, but it hurts them mentally and that's the part that really sets them back. Could Seider come in and play in Detroit right now? Sure, without a doubt. But in the long run was it better for that kid to stay in Grand Rapids and play or be in Detroit? My history of scouting tells me that without a doubt the best place for him to be was in Grand Rapids until he's fully ready. And when he's ready Steve will know, he'll make a decision. Maybe for two months it might be a little better for the Detroit Red Wings. But over the next 10 years, I'd give up those two months to get 10 better years.

"I think Steve is frustrated with the losing but I also do see the focus in his eyes. You know the direction he wants to go. He's staying on that path and he's doing it quietly and he's doing it. He's showing leadership."

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