Moritz Seider Handling Expectations as He Looks to Make Opening Night Roster

TRAVERSE CITY – Expectations are high for Moritz Seider. The 20-year old defenseman was the Red Wings’ sixth overall pick in 2019, the first draft pick for Steve Yzerman as general manager of the Red Wings.

There’s certainly a path for Seider to make the Red Wings roster out of training camp and make his much anticipated NHL debut. He’s been skating on the same line as Nick Leddy — an offseason acquisition from the Islanders who figures to be one of the Red Wings top four defenders — for many of the drills in training camp.

Seider spent last season playing professionally in Sweden after spending the 2019-20 season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

All the expectations haven’t seemed to bother Seider in the first few days of training camp. A big smile has been plastered on his face and he has impressed his teammates and coaches with his play.

“He’s composed for his age,” said center Sam Gagner. “I think he seems very experienced even though he’s just a young guy.”

Seider arrived in the United States a few weeks before training camp and has been living with Red Wings’ captain Dylan Larkin.

“He’s an impressive kid,” said Larkin. “He’s very polite. He’s got a huge personality, a huge smile. He’s going to fit in really well here.”

Larkin, Gagner and other veterans have given Seider plenty of advice on how to handle all the expectations.

“Everybody in this locker room has a story to tell and I’m really thankful for all advice,” Seider said. “You can’t just point out one single guy. There’s a whole locker room that’s trying to help you and really wants to make you be a better hockey player.”

Seider understands there’s expectations but said he won’t let that go to his head. He just hopes his play this preseason gives him a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream; earning a spot on the opening night roster.

“It’s obviously cool that the fans are really excited. But all in all, I think I’m even more excited,” Seider said.