While the World Juniors are still a little more than a month away, it hasn’t stopped the Red Wings from making an early decision on their plans for defenseman Moritz Seider. The German Ice Hockey Federation announced that Detroit will be loaning Seider to participate in the tournament.
The 18-year-old saw his stock rise continually last season to the point where he wound up being selected sixth overall by Detroit back in June. As he wasn’t selected out of the CHL, he’s not subject to any restrictions about playing in the minors and the Red Wings have taken full advantage of that as he has logged a regular shift with their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. He has been particularly productive as well, collecting 11 points in 20 games. A continued strong showing there coupled with a good performance in the tournament could have him on the radar for a late-season call-up; he can play up to nine NHL games without officially burning the first year of his entry-level deal.
Seider is no stranger to representing his country at the World Junior level. He has played in the last two World Junior Division A tourneys, one level below the main group. The German squad won promotion to the top division last year and Seider will play a critical role in trying to help them stay in that top tier next month.