Fans of the Detroit Red Wings aren’t very familiar with Moritz Seider, whom the team took with the sixth overall draft pick in this year’s NHL Draft.
But they are quite familiar with Scotty Bowman, who guided the Red Wings to three Stanley Cup championships and is the winningest coach in NHL history. And they’ll like what he had to say about Seider, while also giving his assessment on whether or not new GM Steve Yzerman gives much thought to the fact that it was a bit of an unexpected selection.
“Steve, he doesn’t care,” Bowman told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket. “What you have to do running a team is, sometimes you have to try to hit some home runs. And I think this guy could be a home run. I really do. I know from the talk about him that he was good the last part of last year.”
Bowman, currently a senior advisor for the Chicago Blackhawks (his son Stan serves as the GM), said that teams began to notice Seider after his strong performance in the World Championship last month.
“I don’t know if he’s ready to come in right away, but he’s very close because he played against men. And I know that the Blackhawks had him rated really high. Everyone had him rated high. He was either going to be the second or third defenseman drafted,” said Bowman.
“He had a great tournament playing against men for Germany, and he was on the radar. He was on the radar last year,” Bowman said. “Big, strong right defenseman. Steve made a trade with LA (in 2017) for a Slovak player named Erik Cernak. Big defenseman, right-hand shot, really good. He’s with Tampa now, they got him in a trade for Ben Bishop. This player is very comparable to that player.”