Sorry, Not Sorry Seider: Shocker of the First Round

July 6th, 2019

To me the NHL draft's first round had very few surprises. Dach was a bit of a surprise at 3, but when you look at how Dach filled an organizational need, and could be a potential replacement for Toews as their future first line center it wasn't all that surprising. Then picks 4,5 went as expected. It wasn't until Steve Yzerman and the Detroit Red Wings got to the podium in Vancouver and announced their pick which was the first real surprise of the first round. The Wings, who have drafted forwards in five of their last six first rounds, decided to fill a need rather than take the best player available.

With the 6th pick in the Draft, the Red Wings select, from Mannheim of the DEL, Moritz Seider. An audible gasp fills Rogers Arena as fans begin speculating why Detroit would take Moritz over other, higher ranked prospects. Moritz was expected to go in the first round, but nobody had him ranked as high as 6th. However, standing at 6 foot 4 and 185 pounds, the right shot defenceman has swagger and a good release, and projects to be a good second pairing defenceman. Seider said he expected to be picked “somewhere between 15 and 20,” but also knew the Wings were interested when his interview at the NHL combine lasted 40 minutes. 

Detroit appeared to be filling an organizational need by drafting Seider, something that I think is foolish in general (I've long been a "draft the best player available" guy). If I was the GM I personally would have taken Trevor Zegras or Dylan Cozens; which would have been the safer choice, but when Yzerman was questioned on his choice he defended him, saying that although fans might not be familiar with him, they are, and they feel like Moritz has all the tools to become an elite NHL defenceman, so let's dive in to his skills.

Other than having the best hair in the first round, Moritz is often described as a mobile defenceman who makes smart decisions with the puck. He wont blow you away with his offensive numbers, but he has a great one timer and a decent wrist shot. Director of NHL European Scouting Goran Stubb describes him as: "not overly physical but he's tough enough both along the boards and in front of the net. And his hockey sense is exceptional... never panics. Makes very smart decisions on the ice. He can shoot, pass and he's a very good two-way player."

Yzerman began man-crushing on Seider back in December when the big blueliner helped Germany earn promotion to the 2020 world juniors by winning the under-20 Division 1A tournament, then again later when Mannheim was in the playoffs. He also saw Seider at the IIFC World Championship in May, when Seider had two goals in five games for his native Germany. 

When Moritz was 13 years old his parents quit their jobs as managers of an old folks home and the family moved to Mannheim in order to help him develop and reach the next level. It was a tough decision for his family but ultimately paid dividends for the young rearguard. His parents made the ultimate sacrifice and he is very grateful for everything they have done to help him become a first round pick in the NHL.

When Seider was asked about his draft eligible year he describes it as, "Lots of highlights, we won the [World Junior Championship] B pool, we won that tournament to go back up again next season. Then the first playoff run (with Mannheim), we won the championship. I had the chance to play at the World Championship. It was an amazing season." 

An amazing season indeed. I would argue the only player who was more exposed on the international stage was Kaapo Kakko and Vasili Podkolzin. All three succeeded in developing their skills and showing that they can play against men, ultimately improving their draft stock.

Yzerman shocked a few people when he made his first pick as GM, but he is convinced "he got his guy" which is ultimately the goal at any draft. Time will tell if his bold decision will pay off in the long run. What is most likely is he goes back to Mannheim and continues his development in the German pro league against men. Playing with players like Andrew Desjardins and Marcel Goc should further help his development on his path to the NHL. 

He will be a fun prospect to follow and shouldn't need more than a year or two of development before he makes the jump to the best league in the world, the NHL. 


"If I was the GM I personally would have taken Trevor Zegras or Dylan Cozens; which would have been the safer choice"

Meet The Team!

Alexander Paterson


Title: Owner, Founder, GM, President and Editor

Date of birth: May 29th, 1990 

Hometown: Victoria, British Columbia

Currently Living In: Calgary, Alberta 

Favorite Team: Vancouver Canucks 

Twitter: @Prospect_NHL

Articles Written (24): Petterson, Cozens, Byram, Hughes, Byfield, Steel, Strome, Hughes, Lafrenière, Merkley, Glass, Makar, Heiskanen, Thomas/Kyrou, Mittlestadt, Zadina, Borgstrom, Tkachuk, Seider, Svechnikov, Samsonov, Wahlstrom, Woo and Tampa Bay.

Andrew Vargo


Title: Owner/Assistant GM/Assistant Editor

Date of Birth: April 21st, 1996

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Currently Living In: Los Angeles, California

Favorite Team: Calgary Flames

Twitter: @theVarghawk 

Articles Written (20): Hanifin, Newhook, Caufield, Zegras, Brink, Dube, Vesalainen, Tolvanen, Donato, Vilardi, Liljegren, Valimaki, Zavgorodniy, Knight, Turcotte, Podkolzin, McMichael, Kakko and Yamamoto.

Aaron Goldschmidt


Title: Director Of Player Development

Date of birth: March 13th, 1989

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Currently Living In: Denver, Colorado

Favorite Team: Chicago Blackhawks

Twitter: @lateinthegoldie 

Articles Written (2): Boqvist, Jokiharju.

Alex McIntyre


Title: Head Scout 

Date of birth: September 15th 

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Currently Living In: Deptford, New Jersey 

Favorite Team: Philadelphia Flyers

Twitter: @Alexon11th 

Articles Written (4): Frost, Hart, Vorobyev, Lyon.

Dillon Dominique


Title: Assistant Scout

Date of birth: August 25th, 1997

Hometown: Massena, New York 

Currently Living In: Massena, New York 

Favorite Team: Montreal Canadiens

Twitter: @DomUn1que

Articles Written (3): Kotkaniemi, Poehling, Brook.

Mike Laking


Title: Assistant Scout

Date of Birth: June, 1979

Hometown: Fredericton, New Brunswick

Currently living in: Fredericton. New Brunswick

Favorite Team: Ottawa Senators

Twitter: @topshelfhkyvids

Youtube Channel: "Top Shelf Hockey"

Articles Written (2): Formenton, Batherson.

Mark Bunker

Date of birth : Oct 12 /81 
Hometown: Ottawa 
Currently Living In: Toronto
Favourite Team: Senators

Title: Assistant Scout 

Date of birth: October 12th, 1981  

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario  

Currently Living In: Toronto, Ontario 

Favourite Team: Ottawa Senators

Twitter: @OttBunks

Articles Written (3): Smith, Cirelli, Benson.

Nick Hunsicker


Title: Assistant Scout

Date of Birth: March 21st, 1996 

Hometown: Quakertown, Pennsylvania 

Currently Living In: Blossburg, Pennsylvania 

Favorite Team: Philadelphia Flyers 

Twitter: @OMGitsNickH

Articles Written (3): R. Suzuki, N. Foote, Wolf.

Kevin Gesterling


Title: Assistant Scout

Date of Birth: January 30th, 1986

Hometown: Cranston, Rhode Island

Currently Living In: Cranston, Rhode Island

Favorite Team: Boston Bruins 

Twitter: @KGesterling1

Articles Written (2): Keyser, Fredric.


George Clam


Title: Assistant Scout

Date of Birth: June 16th, 1989

Hometown: Arvada, Colorado 

Currently Living In: Erie, Colorado

Favorite Team: Colorado Avalanche

Twitter: @georgeinlimbo

Articles Written (1): The Future Is Bright In Colorado.