Prospect Ramblings: Preseason Overreactions Edition!

Tony Ferrari


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Welcome back to my bi-weekly ramblings about what’s going on in and around the hockey world! With the NHL preseason underway, the Twittersphere is reacting to what they see with complete rationality. No one is propping up their star prospects or their favourite teams third-liner who had a solid game against seven NHL players and a bunch of guys fighting to make the AHL roster. This is why today’s primary order of business will be to sort through some of the hype. 


We will start with some quick housekeeping. Some prospects have signed their entry-level deals over the last couple of days. Ryan Suzuki signed his entry-level deal with the Carolina Hurricanes and Nick Robertson signed his deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. While neither player is going to be on the NHL rosters, this is a sign of faith from both organizations. Ryan Suzuki has impressed everyone in training camp and at the rookie showcase events, tallying five points in a 7-4 win over Tampa Bay’s rookie group. As for Robertson, he’s been able to show off his skill and blue-collar work ethic at every chance this summer. Whether it was in Plymouth at the World Junior Summer Showcase, at the Traverse City rookie tournament or in Leafs camp. It’s safe to say both players will be key parts of their team’s pipeline over the next couple of seasons. 


Let’s start with some wise words from fellow Dobber Prospects writer, Hayden Soboleski.

“I can’t stress this enough – TRAINING CAMP LINES AND PERFORMANCE DON’T MATTER. How many times have we been sucked into a terrible fantasy pick because they lined up next to McDavid or Crosby for a few days in training camp or pre-season? Too many. Take everything with several grains of salt…”

With that out of the way, we can take a look at some of the performances from the first few days of the NHL preseason and whether the hype actually means anything towards their chances of starting with the big club. 


Joe Veleno and Moritz Seider

The two Detroit rookies, along with Filip Zadina to a lesser extent, have been all the rave in Detroit. They both got the hype train started earlier this month in Traverse City at the Prospect Tournament, helping lead the Red Wings contingent to first place at the event. Moritz Seider was a surprise selection at this past draft but he’s done everything in his power to make Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman look like the smartest man in the room. Seider has impressed every time he’s touched the ice and his preseason debut was no different. Strong defensively and flashing offensive puck skills, Seider looks to be a future stud on the blueline in Detroit. Seider is a long-shot to make the Wings roster out of camp but he’s pushing to grab a spot on the Grand Rapids Griffins blue line after initially expectin