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Fantasy Summary

Two-way defenceman who skates well for a big man. Strong puck mover with top-pairing upside. Holds additional value in multi-category leagues that include hits and blocks.


Observations

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June 2022 – Moritz Seider had a fantastic first season in the NHL. He played all 82 games and posted a 50-point pace. His ice time steadily rose throughout the season and he ended up as the top defender on the Red Wings in terms of time on ice. More than just his points, he drove play on a poor team. He was the only defender with a positive expected goal differential. If you combine blocks, shots, and hits, a metric I like to refer to as BASH, Seider was the number six defender in the entire NHL. It’s pretty clear that peripherals will be elite. It’s also conceivable he will score more points as his power-play role evolved and the team around him should be getting better in the coming years. I think you can be comfortable with Seider as the number one defender on your fantasy team. Victor Nuño

May 2021 – To the surprise of no one, Seider will represent Germany at the World Championship set to begin May 21st. Adding on to what has already been a fantastic season for the 2019 sixth-overall, Seider should be one of the key contributors for the Germans, who will feature other intriguing young names such as Lukas Reichel and John Peterka. The likelihood of Seider joining the Red Wings next season is already extremely high. Factor in a strong showing at the World Championship and it will become a guarantee. John Gove

April 2021 – What hasn’t Seider done this season? Putting up 28 points in 41 games while being a defensive stalwart and physical presence, there is a growing feeling Seider is the best defenseman in the world that is not playing the NHL. He should be a shoe-in for a spot on Detroits roster next season and should be a fairly strong contributor right off the hop. Seider won the EliteProspects Award, given to the best junior age player at the SHL level. He had an outstanding year in the SHL and there is little reason to believe that his success won’t continue moving forward. Tony Ferrari

 

December 2020 – Seider was initially loaned to Adler Mannheim of DEL to begin this season but was transferred to Rogle of the SHL before DEL’s season began. He has had a fantastic start to the season, picking up two goals and six assists while averaging 19:30 of ice time through his first 12 games. Given how well he adjusted to the North American game last season, his hot start with Rogle, and the fact that Detroit has declined to make him available for the World Juniors, it appears as though Seider will be given an opportunity to steal a job on the Red Wings blue line when training camps begin. Nick Richard

 

September 2020 – Seider had a very impressive D+1 season playing heavy minutes for Grand Rapids in the AHL. At just 18 years of age he was a standout for the German squad at the World Juniors, racking up six assists through seven games. With the start of the AHL and NHL seasons up in the air, Detroit has loaned Seider to Adler Mannheim of the DEL, where he played prior to being drafted, but the season is not scheduled to begin until mid-November so it remains to be seen if he will get into any games overseas before returning to North America. Seider is a well rounded, physically mature defenceman who skates quite well for his size. He moves the puck efficiently, if spectacularly, but will be known more for his defensive prowess than his offensive numbers. Seider plays a physical game and has the ability to stop the cycle while also being mobile enough to play a tight gap in transition, and he has an outside chance at cracking the Red Wings roster whenever the next NHL season gets underway. Nick Richard

 

May 2020 – Seider will look to build off of his impressive first AHL season and hope to join the big club for season 2020-21. He has shown that he has matured both physically and in his game play style. Seider blends raw skill, hockey smarts and size, a great package that a rebuilding Wings team and GM Steve Yzerman will look to inject into the line-up soon. Ashley Glover

 

September 2019 – Seider is a very mobile right-handed defenseman with good hockey sense and size who can play in all situations. As a 17-year-old double under ager at the 2019 U20 World Championship, Seider lead the German team to a gold medal as captain, with a goal and seven points in only six games. He was named Best Defenseman of the tournament. Already an excellent skater, especially for a big man, Seider still needs to work on his puck skills, but projects as a top pairing, two-way, minute munching defenseman who won’t take long to make it to the NHL. Seider has looked impressive at the 2019 NHL prospect tournament this month, showing off his knack for getting pucks to the net as well as a willingness to compete hard and play with a touch of nastiness. He has already stated his intent to stay in North America for the upcoming season. It remains to be seen if the Red Wings agree with him. Mark Hillier

 

June 2019 – Seider has been drafted sixth overall by the Red Wings.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

June 2019 – Seider was officially measured at 6-foot-3 and 208 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

May 2019 – It is extremely rare to see a highly-touted draft-eligible player coming out of the DEL, but Seider is all that and more. The right-shot defender witnessed his stock steadily rise throughout the course of the season, and begin to skyrocket in the back half. This was due to his increased role on the Championship winning, Adler Manheim squad. His five assists in 14 playoff games may not jump off of the page, but his impact was felt in all situations. He was also named the league’s rookie of the year.

Seider completed his year on another high note, becoming one of the youngest defensemen to score a goal at the World Championships. He produced two goals in five games while seeing second-pairing deployment. The 17-year-old blends impressive physical tools with high processing speed and decision-making. This leads to consistent and accurate reads on both ends of the rink. His upside is tantalizing. Cam Robinson

 

December 2018 – Seider has been spending his 17-year-old season in the DEL which is the top league in Germany. He has just one point (a goal) in 15 games. He does have a history of putting up points in junior but he hasn’t been able to show that side of his game at the pro level just yet.

At six-foot-four, Seider has a big frame. He’s a good skater for someone his size, and his mobility is pretty good as well. He has good passing skills and vision. He can move the puck and carry it himself. He likes to join the rush. Defensively, he’s solid. A smart player who knows how to use his size and strength. Calm under pressure. Not afraid to play the body, and capable of making big hits.

Most recently, Seider played at the Division I Group A part of the World Junior Championship tournament. Even though Seider is just 17 years old, he captained Team Germany and was arguably their top defenseman. Germany won the tournament and earned a spot at the 2020 World Juniors. Seider played big minutes on Germany’s blue line, including time on the top power play and on the penalty kill. He finished the tournament with seven points in five games.

Seider plays a mature game, and when you add his big frame to it, he could make the jump to the NHL pretty quickly after he’s drafted. Seider is a potential first-rounder for the 2019 NHL draft.  Jokke Nevalainen

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country GER
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth April 6, 2001
Height 6‘3”
Weight 208 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 6

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 EHC Erfurt U16Germany U16 2- - -- -|        
 2013-2014 EHC Erfurt U16Schüler-BL21 12 1123 16|        
 2014-2015 EHC Erfurt U16Schüler-BL22 14 2034 12|        
  EHC Erfurt U16 IIGermany U16 210 10 818 2|        
  Germany Selects U14WSI U147 3 14 8|        
 2015-2016