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In Germany, Red Wings Seider Is Kind Of A Big Deal



Moritz Seider, Detroit Red Wings

If you think Moritz Seider’s season for the Detroit Red Wings means a lot to the team, you’d be right. But it pales in comparison to the reception Seider is receiving as he prepares to lead his country into battle at the IIHF World Championship tournament.

In Germany, Seider is kind of a big deal.

The national media is citing Seider as the most exciting and even more significantly, the most important player on Germany’s roster.

“Mo is a phenomenon for me,” German captain Moritz Müller told German website

Germany opens its tournament schedule on Friday against defending champion Canada.

Seider A Calder Finalist

Announced Wednesday as a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie, Seider will be seeking to become the first Red Wings player to win the award since goaltender Roger Crozier in 1964-65. No German player has ever won the Calder.

In terms of first-year defenders, Detroit hasn’t witnessed a player of Seider’s ilk break into the league since seven-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom’s arrival three decades earlier in 1991-92. Seider’s 43-assist, 50-point season was the best by a Red Wings rookie defenseman since Lidstrom’s first-year campaign of 49 assists and 60 points.

“Every athlete has the approach of wanting to be among the best in the world,” Seider said. “I try to live up to that. But you have to pinch yourself from time to time and be proud of what happened.”

Seider Capable Of Going Beast Mode

Only 21, Seider’s upside still is to be determined. How high can he go in terms of NHL superstardom? At this point, the sky seems to be the limit – if Seider indeed has limits.

“Are there any?” German coach Toni Söderholm asked rhetorically about Seider’s limits as a player. “I don’t think so.”

His German teammates rave about Seider’s abilities. He’s the complete package they believe, capable of doing it all from the back end.

“Beast Mode!” was the descriptive veteran German goalie Philipp Grubauer of the Seattle Kraken applied to Seider’s skillset.

Seider doesn’t shy away from the action on the ice. He was willingly measuring himself against the NHL’s best players this season. Most nights, he came out of the competition unscathed.

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“The respect is there, of course,” Seider said. “But you try to make a name for yourself. That’s why I don’t need to bend over backwards.

“I go onto the ice with a big chest. I want to put my stamp on every game and they should be based on me.”