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.
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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