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High Praise For Moritz Seider

03/08/2021 at 10:34am EST

from Chris Peters of Hockey Sense,

I’d been trying to figure out the best format to keep fans updated about top prospects for their favorite teams in between rankings and I wanted to try this idea where I’ll take a look at at least one prospect from all 31 teams based on a certain theme at least once a month. This first post is free to showcase the format and get feedback from as many readers as possible. Please let me know in the comments or at [email protected] if you like this format for a semi-monthly prospect check-in. Also, pieces like this will be subscriber-only going forward, so consider a subscription so you won’t miss the next 31 Prospects column.

Detroit Red Wings - Moritz Seider, D, Rogle (SHL)

The way he has played this year, I really feel that there’s a good case for Seider being the best player outside of the NHL currently. Seider leads all U20 players in the SHL with 26 points. That puts him just five points behind Nils Lundkvist’s record for points by a U20 defenseman in SHL history, set last season. Seider, however, has a higher points-per-game rate at 0.72.

He is 10th in scoring by defensemen in the league and sixth in points per game for a defenseman. On top of that, Seider has showcased elite defensive abilities thanks to his mobility, range and smarts. On top of that, he’s been absolutely dropping players, hardening his physical edge and showing that he will be a force in all zones. There just aren’t any noticeable weaknesses in his game. Maybe he’s not a naturally dynamic offensively, but he’s effective. His range is incredible and he moves pucks with such maturity and confidence. I can’t see any situation where he’s not on Detroit’s opening-night roster in 2021-22 and playing top four minutes in short order.

Also, I wanted to quickly recognize Jonatan Berggren, who probably would be in this slot if he were in any other organization. He’s seventh in SHL scoring right now with 40 points and by far the top scorer among players 21 or younger in the league. His skill level is simply outstanding and he’s made a huge impact this season.

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