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2019 Draft Countdown No. 15: Moritz Seider

Welcome to Canucks Army’s 2019 Draft Countdown. Over the next four weeks leading up to the draft, we’ll be rounding up scouting reports, quotes, and videos about our Top-100 prospects available. Here is an aggregated profile on Mortiz Seider. 

Moritz Seider

Date of birth: April 6th, 2001

Nation: Germany 

Position: D

Shoots: R

Height: 6’4″ / 192 cm

Weight: 207 lbs / 94 kg

Profile: Seider is the best German prospect to come around since the Oilers selected Leon Draisaitl third-overall in 2013. In fact, there’s a good chance he’s the best German blueline prospect ever. Seider, despite being just 17 years old last season, played well against adults in the DEL. He had a major coming out party on a surprisingly-good German team at the World Hockey Championships, showing incredible maturity in his game for his age. 

Seider (6-foot-3.5, 183 pounds) missed three games of the World Championship because of an injury sustained in the round robin but had two goals in five games and averaged 13:47 of ice time per game — fifth-best among defensemen for Germany — in the tournament.

He impressed in his brief showing.

“He plays like a 35-year-old, almost,” said Draisaitl, teammates with Seider at the World Championship. “He’s so calm and so collected. It’s pretty fun to watch. Hopefully he keeps developing the way that we think he will and you know he’s going to be a special player.

“It’s great to have a young kid coming up that seems to have the potential to be very, very good at hockey.” – Aaron Vickers, NHL.com

“In my eyes, he is the best German defenceman to come along in ages,” Thomas Roost said, a Swiss-based scout with the NHL’s European Scouting Services.

“He already plays like a veteran most of the time. He plays a mature game. He carries a very strong stick and wins a lot of battles in the corners, in the slot area and along the walls because of his strong body and especially because of his strong arms. I really like his mobility and his high-percentage plays. What is also an exceptional asset are his successful zone exits. He moves the puck very well or skates with the puck and his zone exits are successful with a higher-percentage than the average (defenceman).” – Sunaya Sapurji, The Athletic 

It is extremely rare to see a highly-touted draft-eligible player coming out of the DEL, but Seider is all that and more. The right-shot defender witnessed his stock steadily rise throughout the course of the season, and begin to skyrocket in the back half. This was due to his increased role on the Championship winning, Adler Manheim squad. His five assists in 14 playoff games may not jump off of the page, but his impact was felt in all situations. He was also named the league’s rookie of the year.

Seider completed his year on another high note, becoming one of the youngest defensemen to score a goal at the World Championships. He produced two goals in five games while seeing second-pairing deployment. The 17-year-old blends impressive physical tools with high processing speed and decision-making. This leads to consistent and accurate reads on both ends of the rink. His upside is tantalizing. – Cam Robinson, Dobber Prospects 

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  • Doodly Doot

    Seider looks pretty good. I think interest is gaining and he may be a strong draft-day climber. So, we get another 1st (from Philly at 11!) Grab Newhook, then Seider, then Patrik Puistola in the 2nd. Easy times!

  • Rodeobill

    I am curious about if we looked at re-drafts a year or two later, how many defenseman would rise above their rankings, proportionally to forwards. (ie, were drafted lower than they should have). It seems that Dmen are tougher to get a hold of than forwards due to a different learning and developing curve. This guy looks great, but would definitely be a reach for us at ten, we are still at a draft spot well within that second tier of top talent.

    • jaybird43

      Redrafts for defencemen would usually have to be about 4 years later to figure out what you have. Take 2017. In there you’ve got Makar at #4, Peterson at #5 and Heiskenan at #3. Odds are that these three will turn out to be #1-#3 in a redraft in 2 more years, but you can’t tell that now. Heiskenan didn’t even get serious discussion as a Calder candidate, which I think is a shame as it’s pretty amazing for a teenager to play defence in the NHL already at such a high level.

      Same for other year, you couldn’t even begin to really figure out who the best defenceman from 2018 will be yet (aside from Rasmus Dahlin). There were a number drafted between 7th (Canucks) and 13th (Rangers) who all look like they’ll be good NHL’ers, but few have played more than a few games. Greatness, or draft-miss-status, still awaits …..

  • Gino über alles

    If “best German defenseman prospect ever” means that he’ll be better than Erhoff than I wouldn’t hesitate, but I still like Söderstrom better thus far. Let’s hope we can get an additional 1st and make some magic happen.

  • Foximus

    I was kinda hoping he would drop and be a 2nd round steal for us. But he’s going the other way. I think this guy will be an effective shut down defender with offensive upside for a long time. Doesn’t look like he lines up with any of our current picks. No Jett Woo for us this year.

  • Kanuckhotep

    Judging from what has been presented in these draft countdown articles it seems there will be plenty of good defence prospects left for the 2nd round though not so many in the 1st round. Is the prognostication of Benning selecting a pretty good forward in the 1st round and a promising D man in the 2nd round apt and/or accurate? Looks like it to me.