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How Did Camp Go For Some Of The Young Detroit Players?

09/16/2019 at 2:59pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

...let’s take a look at the some developments from the past few days here in Traverse City, which remains a fine spot to get hockey underway.

Seider-mania

Can defenseman Moritz Seider make the jump from playing hockey in Germany to the NHL?

It’s not likely to happen immediately. But it might not take nearly as long as maybe originally thought.

You see North American 18-year-olds who’ve played against stronger competition than Seider has struggle to simply adjust to the minor pro leagues here, never mind the NHL.

It will be intriguing to watch Seider these next two weeks against NHL competition getting ready for this season.

Seider’s approach to the game, his demeanor, and size and talent, are beyond most 18-year-olds. That should serve him well in the years ahead.

You have to think Seider is best served by playing, at least for a while, in Grand Rapids and getting acclimated to North American pro hockey.

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added 3:04pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Adam Erne begins his audition for a job with the Detroit Red Wings with as good a confidence booster as there is.

General manager Steve Yzerman traded for Erne in August, re-acquiring a guy he had drafted while GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. It wasn’t a big trade — the Lightning received a fourth-round pick in 2020 — but it fit into Yzerman’s plan because Erne is a big, physical forward who can provide some of the bite the Wings lack.

“I think Adam has a chance to be a top-nine forward in the NHL.,” Yzerman said. “I think he’s got good puck skills, I think he’s got a good shot and he’s worked extremely hard – his skating is good, he’s a very powerful, strong guy. Difficult to play against because he’s thick and he’s a hard. He’s got pretty good hockey sense. He fits in with our group of players and the young guys coming up.”

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