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By the Numbers Prospects: Moritz Seider

Big defenseman was named Rookie of the Year in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Twice a week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player in the system, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on defenseman Moritz Seider.

After the Detroit Red Wings took the hockey world by surprise in taking German defenseman Moritz Seider with the sixth overall pick in June's NHL Entry Draft, there was a common reaction among reporters who met Seider at the scouting combine.

Tweet from @NHL: The reaction says it all. 😳Watch as the @DetroitRedWings pick Moritz Seider with the sixth overall selection in the 2019 #NHLDraft.

Most reporters at the combine said Seider was the media star with his outgoing and charming personality.

Seider showed off that personality in Vancouver at the draft and then again during development camp at Little Caesars Arena the following week.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: "I think that one was maybe before my time..."#RedWings prospects take on the 90's. 🎮

But it was not just Seider's affable nature that drew the Wings to him. What stood out to general manager Steve Yzerman was his hockey sense.

As a teenager, Seider played among men in Germany and did not appear out of place, earning Rookie of the Year honors.

Some of the Wings, including coach Jeff Blashill, got a look at him during the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia when Team USA played an exhibition game against Team Germany.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Hear from Moritz following day 1 of #DRWDC.

On July 14, the Red Wings signed Seider to a three-year, entry-level contract. Seider brings a winning tradition to the Detroit organization, having won the league championship with Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) last season and back-to-back titles with Adler Mannheim's junior club the previous two seasons.

The 6-foot-4, 207-pound, right-shot defenseman also picked up a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship Division 1 and a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Championship Division 1.

Seider was named the best defenseman at the IIHF World Junior Championship Division 1 tournament.

Now the Wings will have to decide what will best serve Seider's development, remaining in Germany in the DEL or coming over to North America to adjust to the style of play here and to the smaller ice surface.

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29 -- Seider played 29 regular-season games for Adler Mannheim last season. He was limited to just 29 games because of a shoulder injury.

2 -- In those 29 games, Seider scored two goals. Seider also had two goals for Team Germany in the World Championship.

6 -- Seider also had four assists, giving him six points during the regular season. He also finished at plus-6 in the regular season.

15 -- Seider played 15 playoff games for Adler Mannheim.

5 -- Seider played five games for Team Germany in the World Junior Championship. He also suited up in five games in the World Championship in Slovakia in May. In 15 playoff games for Adler Mannheim, Seider had five assists.

7 -- In the five world junior games, Seider recorded seven points, best among defensemen and tied for second in team scoring. On his team, only forward Dominik Bokk had more with eight points.

8 -- At plus-8, Seider led that category at the World Junior Championship.

12 -- Seider played 12 games for Germany's U20 team.

13 -- In those 12 games, Seider recorded 13 points, including 11 helpers.

Quotable: "He comes with high praise. It's obviously not easy to find 6-3, right-shot defensemen that can skate, have offense, move the puck like he does. We're excited about him, excited that he signed a pro contract. He's going to come over and spend some time with us here before the season to get comfortable. So we got a little bit longer look at him, hopefully get some work into where we think he needs to improve. We're excited about Mo." -- Shawn Horcoff, Red Wings director of player development

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Moritz Seider & @KKotkansalo have a message for you following #DRWDC. 🙌

Quotable II: "When you have the chance of playing in the O-zone with the puck, why not? Everyone wants to have the puck, I think. That's why you play hockey, to score goals and make nice plays. I think that's part of my game for sure." -- Seider

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