By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2019-20 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Each 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 Red Wings drafted Moritz Seider sixth overall in last summer's NHL Entry Draft, there was some question as to where he would spend the 2019-20 season.
Seider could have returned to his native Germany to play for Adler Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), where he won the Rookie of the Year award or there was an outside chance he could have played for the Owen Sound Attack in the OHL.
Ultimately, the Wings decided that Seider's development would best be served by playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League.
Seider's game adapted well to the smaller rinks of North America. He never looked out of place on the ice from the moment he led the Red Wings Prospects team to the championship of the NHL Prospect Tournament last September in Traverse City.
His transition was so flawless, it was often easy to forget that Seider was just 18 years old as the young defenseman was mature for his age and not afraid to speak up when he felt something needed to be said.
For that reason, Seider served as the captain for Team Germany for the second straight year in the 2020 Ice Hockey World Junior Championship in Czech Republic.
With the Griffins embroiled in an intense playoff race before their season was paused due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it was unclear if Seider would have been called up to the Red Wings this past season for his nine-game 'audition,' but what is clear is if he continues to develop at this pace, he'll be in Detroit soon, possibly as soon as this coming December, when the NHL hopes to begin the 2020-21 season.
49 - Seider played in 49 games for the Griffins this season, third among the team's rookies behind Chase Pearson's 59 games and Joe Veleno's 54. Dominic Turgeon led with 63 games.
2 - In his rookie campaign, Seider scored two goals. The first came Nov. 20, 2019, in a 4-3 home victory over the San Antonio Rampage. The second-period goal, assisted by Dominik Shine, proved to be the game-winner. The second goal came in a 6-2 home win over the Manitoba Moose. That goal was a power-play tally assisted by Turner Elson.
20 - Seider recorded 20 assists, second to Joe Hicketts on the team among defensemen and fourth overall. Chris Terry led with 30, Hicketts was second with 25 and Taro Hirose and Matt Puempel were tied for third with 22 apiece. Notably, Seider became only the 15th skater at 18 years old in AHL history to reach 20 assists, which ranked 10th in the league among rookie defensemen.
22 - Seider was one of four players to hit the 22-point mark for the Griffins, joining Elson, Pearson and Michael Rasmussen. Seider was ranked 10th in the AHL among rookie defensemen.
5 - From Oct. 26-Nov. 6, Seider recorded a five-game assist streak. He had one assist on Oct. 26 in a 6-4 home win over the Texas Stars, one assist on Oct. 30 in a 4-3 home loss to the Iowa Wild, one assist on Nov. 2 in a 5-3 road loss to the Manitoba Moose, two assists on Nov. 3 in a 7-4 road loss to the Moose and one assist on Nov. 6 in a 5-3 home loss to the Cleveland Monsters.
28 - Seider had 28 penalty minutes, second among Griffins rookies to Jarid Lukosevicius' 29 points. Givani Smith led the team with 75.
7 - Seider played in seven games during the 2020 Ice Hockey World Junior Championship.
6 - In those seven world junior championship games, Seider had six assists, leading Team Germany in that category. The six points tied him for second on his team with forward John-Jason Peterka (4-2-6). Forward Dominik Bokk led the Germans with eight points (6-2-8).
Quotable: "Mo's just had an outstanding first year for us. We weren't really sure what we were going to do with him coming into training camp. I think it was clear right off the bat up in Traverse City that he seemed to be ready to make that jump to pro hockey. He's done nothing less but be impressive to us. I think the biggest thing for Mo was going to world juniors. Once he went to world juniors, he was captain there, I know that was a big thing for him. He's very proud of his nationality, he's very proud to represent his country and he was fantastic there. In my opinion, he's the best defensive prospect inside a group of probably two or three other guys there and that boded very well for us leaving that tournament. Then when he came back, everything just increased, his minutes increased. He's a guy that plays every situation. He runs the power play for us, he plays PK, he's out there in important minutes. He plays 23-24 minutes a night, if not more sometimes. He's turned into the guy that we thought he would be when we drafted him, a guy that could play in all situations, just log big minutes. He has good size. The one thing I have liked more than I thought, the one thing I've seen more than I thought there would be is just his aggressiveness. He plays a really physical game; he really seems to like that style of game. He's turned into a little bit of an intimidating figure on that ice. That's also another aspect to the game that's hard to find nowadays and seems to come natural to him. We're happy with him, his progress, and excited for his development." - Shawn Horcoff, director of player development and assistant director of player personnel