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Moritz Seider Is Gaining Valuable Experience

12/07/2020 at 1:36pm EST

from Nolan Bianchi of the Detroit News,

Seider, 19, is currently playing on loan with Rogle BK of the Swedish Hockey League and was ruled out of the tournament (WJC) by Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin in November.

The prized blue-line prospect told hosts of the “Locked On Red Wings Podcast” that the decision basically came down to the amount of games he’ll have the chance to play with his pro team in Sweden, vs. the amount of game action he’d see by representing Germany at the World Juniors.

“I think I would miss up to 16 games during (that) time,” Seider said. “We’re just finding the best way, personally, for me, was probably staying here and playing a lot of games, especially in December. It’s always busy around Christmas and New Year’s.”

Still, though, Red Wings fans should take his exclusion from the tournament as a positive sign. All reports coming back from Sweden have given the right-handed defenseman two firm thumbs-up, and if Seider was struggling at all in the men’s league, Detroit’s front office might be a little more inclined to get him some game action against competition his own age.

Such is not the case. Seider has not only handled his own playing on Rogle’s top defense pairing, he’s opened up his skillset offensively, has already picked up eight points in 12 games, and is getting time on the power play.

“I’m just enjoying myself, playing with an experienced guy” in former NHL player Eric Gelinas, Seider said.

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