Moritz Seider & Lucas Raymond have been a treat to watch thus far in the 2021-2022 season for the Detroit Red Wings.
It all went in motion when Steve Yzerman drafted Moritz Seider with the 6th pick of the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Moritz was attending the draft with his parents, waiting to see where his future was headed. The Red Wings are now on the clock and here comes Steve Yzerman to announce the pick. Moritz was projected to be a late first round, early second round pick. The Red Wings call his name and he was not even ready for it, took him off guard. In 2019, he played for the Grand Rapids Griffins and collected 2-20, 22 points in 49 games played. His 2020 season, Moritz played for Rogle BK Angelholm in Sweden’s top tier SHL. Seider was known for his presence on the blue line and moving the puck as a playmaker. He went on to finish with 8-25, 35 points and a +14 rating in 54 games including playoffs. He won the SHL’s top junior award at 19 years old, and is looking ahead for the future with Detroit.
In the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, with the 4th overall pick, the Detroit Red Wings selected Lucas Raymond, a forward from Sweden, who played for Frolunda HC. After he was selected, he went back to Frolunda to play another season. He finished with 6-12, 18 points in 34 games. After this season concluded, it wasn’t long there after where he would be making North America his home.
Moritz & Lucas both played in the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship. Seider played for his home country Germany, and played seven games and finished with 6 apples. Raymond played for Sweden, where he went to finish with two goals, three apples and ultimately taking home a bronze medal and beating Finland in the bronze medal game.
We are now 17 games into the Detroit Red Wings season and both of these picks look like, at the moment, are going to be here in Detroit for the long run. Raymond is playing on the first line with Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin. Raymond thus far has 7-10, 17 points in 17 games. Raymond is a Point Per Game player in the National Hockey League at the age of 19, which is an absolutely amazing start to his career. Seider is currently paired with Nick Leddy, the veteran defenseman, who is showing him the ropes. Seider currently has 2-10, 12 points in 17 games played. Both of these players are currently rookie leaders in points, both at 1 and 2, respectively.
The Detroit Red Wings have not made the playoffs since the 2015-2016 season, which ended the longest streak in professional sports, at 25 consecutive seasons making the playoffs. This is a team that is driven, hungry, and has so much room for development. They currently sit at 4th place in the Atlantic Division, and currently hold the first wild card spot, 17 games into the season. At the beginning of the season, nobody would’ve predicted the Detroit Red Wings would currently be in this spot. They have a 8-7-2 record with 18 points in the standings, and only 5 points back of a very well rounded Florida Panthers team. Detroit is one of a couple surprises this far. Good thing about being at the bottom, is you can only go upwards from here. Keep an eye on this team throughout the season. It is so fun to watch this young team have that much fun out there on the ice.
Below are some highlights from both players to show you their skill level and different aspects of the game. Have a look.