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Notes: Seider enjoys first day of Red Wings development camp

Zadina, Berggren, Hirose and Regula stay off the ice on day one

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- When the Detroit Red Wings took the ice for the first day of development camp Tuesday, first-round pick Moritz Seider was in the first group on the ice for testing.

"It was really good," Seider said to a large group of reporters afterward. "It was the first ice time since a couple weeks now so it's been fun to be on the ice again and really good practice."

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

It's been a whirlwind few days since the Wings surprised everyone -- including Seider -- by taking the German defenseman with the sixth pick.

"Everybody was so happy for me," Seider said. "Everybody in Germany was so hyped and so excited, too. It was nice to spend one more day with my family and then coming to Detroit. It was such a nice welcome here and everybody was excited. Me, too. I'm really looking forward to this week."

Seider said he got a nice phone call from a current Wings player after the draft.

"Dylan Larkin called me," Seider said. "I was so excited, I didn't know what to say."

Larkin played against Seider in an exhibition game before the 2019 World Championship and came away impressed.

"That's a heck of a league in the DEL there," Larkin said Monday during the Larkin Hockey School at Lakeland Arena in Waterford, Mich. "I've had buddies go over and play. You never know, he's young, they play on a shorter schedule and I think he's going to do a lot better. I don't know what people are expecting, but I'd say in the next couple years he's a Detroit Red Wing. You never know but you want him to be over-ready when he comes in, especially in the defensive position.

"He's going to be a great player and the quicker he can adjust to the longer schedule and the grind of a North American season, he's going to take off."

Seider also heard from a former Wings player and a fellow countryman.

"Uwe Krupp was probably the most famous guy," Seider said. "So it's nice to step in his feet."

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Moritz in the Red and White. #DRWDC

The first step in that journey takes place this week in Detroit, and Seider hopes to be a sponge for all the information thrown at him and the other new draft picks.

"It's nice to step on the ice in the offseason and learn a couple of things, maybe about your shot, or just about the organization," Seider said. "I think you can improve everything, that's why we're here. It's going to be a lot of things on myself. I think it's going to be fun working out in the gym and on the ice. So I think there are a lot of things going on this week."

At the draft, Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman said Seider has an out in his contract so he can come to North America to play but Seider said nothing has been decided yet.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: First day of #DRWDC for Moritz ���

"That's a tough question. I can't answer that right now," Seider said. "We have to sit down for a couple of meetings, figure out what's best for yourself, where you can play the most. I don't know yet."

BERGGREN EXPECTS TO SKATE: It was a bit of a lost season for Jonatan Berggren, who played in just 16 games for Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League.

"It's a lower back injury I get from the season," said Berggren, who did not go on the ice Tuesday. "It's better now so it's good."

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: 2018 2nd round pick Jonatan Berggren did not skate today, but he'll be ready to go tomorrow. @Jberggren48 | #DRWDC

The Red Wings' 33rd overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft said he did not know exactly how the injury occurred, only that it was a stress fracture.

Right after the injury, Berggren said he could only do some biking and a few other things for 5-6 weeks, but then was able to train pretty normally.

"Before my injury, the season was good but I only play 16 games," he said. "It was tough but I got time to spend in the gym and get stronger."

Berggren had three assists in those 16 games.

"(Berggren's development has) been slowed obviously," said Shawn Horcoff, the Wings director of player development. "It's not an ideal situation for a kid to miss at least half of last season, if not two-thirds of it, and then not be able to train at full capacity, it's not great. But he was healed up at the end of last year, their season finishes early over there, so he's been able to put some good off-ice work in. I'm hoping that everything goes good and we're going to see him this week."

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: "Today was more of a testing day than anything." #RedWings Director of Player Development Shawn Horcoff wraps up the first day of #DRWDC at the BELOR Training Center.

Berggren said he expects to be on the ice Wednesday. It will be the first time he will try to do some real skating.

"I skate a few times before the summer but it was just to feel the ice, it was not hard," Berggren said.

The good news for Berggren is the Red Wings drafted four more Swedish players -- Albert Johansson, Albin Grewe, Elmer Söderblom and Gustav Berglund.

"Yeah, it's fun," he said. "Then I don't need to speak so much English."

NOT SKATING: Also not skating today were Filip Zadina, last year's first-round pick, sixth overall, Taro Hirose, who signed as a free agent out of Michigan State on March 12, and Alec Regula, last year's third-round pick, 67th overall.

Zadina suffered a hamstring strain while training and is questionable to skate this week.

Hirose is day-to-day. Regula's status is not known.

GOLFING STARS: A lot of hockey players enjoy playing golf, especially in the offseason but Larkin, Justin Abdelkader and Jimmy Howard had a very memorable outing on Tuesday.

The three Wings took part in the Area 313 Celebrity Challenge at the Detroit Golf Club ahead of the Rocket Mortgage Classic this weekend.

"I'll tell you what, I've played a lot of big hockey games, and there was nowhere near as much pressure as there was today," Howard said. "I was getting ready to tee off on the first hole, in front of all those fans and three of the best golfers in the world, and I was just hoping I didn't embarrass myself. It's amazing to watch those guys."

Even though Abdelkader made his team's birdie putt on the third hole, he agreed with Howard's assessment.

"I certainly didn't do anything to get the ball that close to the hole, but it was nice to at least make the putt," Abdelkader said. "This is a lot tougher than hockey. When I'm playing hockey, I have confidence, because I know what I'm doing. I'm good at hockey. That certainly wasn't the case out there."

Larkin kept his nerves at bay by keeping everything in perspective.

Tweet from @Dylanlarkin39: A big hug from our biggest Red Wing fan! Thank you @RocketClassic for an amazing day and allowing myself and fans like Michael to make life long memories!

"I think we all knew we were way out of our league, but it was still a lot of fun," Larkin said. "It raised a ton of money for Children's Hospital and a bunch of charities and we got to play golf with some of the best players in the world."

In the end, Larkin, who also made a birdie putt for his team on the second hole, was on the winning team, along with Paige Spiranac, Jerome Bettis and team captain Dustin Johnson.

"That was really cool," Larkin said. "Paige hit a great tee shot, so I got to make a putt in front of a bunch of cheering fans. I don't usually get to do that."

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