Being a high-end draft prospect coming from the German top league DEL is rare. Being an elite blue-line prospect coming from that league is even less likely. Moritz Seider is an intriguing player because of his tools and the lack of a prior precedent in his situation. The right-shot player is a solid two-way defender who is developing high-end skills on both ends of the ice.
Hockey Card Stats
Name: Moritz Seider
Club Team: Adler Mannheim (DEL)
D.O.B: April 6th, 2001
Place of Birth: Zell, Germany
Ranked #19 by Cam Robinson
Ranked #21 by TSN/McKenzie
Ranked #11 by HockeyProspect.com
Ranked #17 by Future Considerations
Ranked #26 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #17 by EliteProspects.com
Ranked #27 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #6 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)
Skating and Transition
Seider is an excellent skater in both directions. His top speed is good-to-great and first step quickness is quite good but not elite. He is able to keep up with plays in all three zones of the ice, effortlessly skating through the middle of the ice. His edge work is good and he changes directions in an instant which is a big strength, whether it’s moving laterally to either side of transitioning from offense to defense. Seider has good awareness of the situations he’s put in, using his mature hockey IQ to put himself a step ahead of the opposition more times than not. The young German excels at skating with the puck on his stick, often looking poised beyond his years while playing with men. Despite a tendency to be caught puck watching a bit while the puck is deep in the offensive zone, Seider is able to use his skating ability to work his way back into a play when he is beat on a pinch. In the video below, Seider shows off his excellent skating and soft touch with the puck when he joins the rush in the World Hockey Championship recently.
Using his long frame, Seider has a long stride that will likely become more powerful as he grows and physically matures into his early-to-mid-20s. The lack of explosive power in his first few strides is the biggest detractor in his skating. The great top speed often helps him keep up in puck races. The two-way blue-liner uses his excellent change-of-direction ability to make up for any short burst situations, often times getting a jump on a forward in the loose puck battles because he transitions laterally more quickly.
Coming into the year, Seider was expected to showcase his offensive game as a player who has produced well at junior levels throughout his early career. To the surprise of many, he was asked to play a much more defensive game and succeeded in that role for Adler Mannheim in the DEL. As a 17-year-old playing in a men’s league, he showed flashes of offensive talent throughout the year. He produced at a modest rate, six points in 29 games. The problem with projecting his offensive production using just his statistics is that prospects coming out of the German league are extremely rare. The closest comparison we have is Christian Ehrhoff prior to the 2001 draft. In his draft season, Ehrhoff put up 14 points in 58 games in the DEL. In per-game rates, that puts Seider just behind Ehrhoff at 0.20 and 0.24 points-per-game respectively.
Seider’s passing ability is among the best in the draft class on the back-end. He has the ability to complete crisp passes from high in the zone to all areas of the offensive zone. His saucer passes are controlled and accurate on the tape of his teammates’ sticks. He skates the blue-line well, effectively changing angles to get sh