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How's Mortiz Seider Doing?

10/25/2019 at 10:11am EDT

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

“He doesn’t look like a young player,” said Griffins assistant coach Matt Macdonald, who coaches the team’s defensemen, prior to the game. “He plays with some experience, with a lot of confidence in a good way. He doesn’t panic. Which, I think a lot of young guys go in those situations, they panic at times. I haven’t seen that, really, out of him.”

The Griffins don’t seem to be easing Seider, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, into anything in his first season as a North American professional, even considering the smaller ice. The AHL doesn’t publicize ice time, but Macdonald estimated Seider had been playing around 19 to 20 minutes per game in the early going in Grand Rapids, which tracks with his usage on Wednesday night.

The early reviews aren’t perfect (Griffins coach Ben Simon said Seider needed to make sure he was managing his own ice time and being engaged right from the start of games) but, generally, they have been positive.

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