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Seider selected sixth-overall by Detroit

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The Detroit Red Wings selected Attack import draft pick Moritz Seider sixth-overall in the National Hockey League Entry Draft Friday night in Vancouver.

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Seider, a German native, was selected by the Attack 105th-overall in the 2018 Canadian Hockey League import draft.

As a first-round NHL draft pick Seider will now be placed on the Attack’s “frozen” list and not count against the team’s two eligible import slots unless he signs with the OHL club.

Seider currently plays professionally with Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), Germany’s premier men’s ice hockey league. As a 17-year-old Seider played 29 games notching two goals and four assists.

The six-foot-four, 207-pound, right-handed defenceman was named the DEL Rookie of the Year and won a gold medal with the German junior national team at the World Juniors Division 1A tournament where he was named the tournament’s best defenceman.

He also played for the German men’s national team at the 2019 world championship where he tallied two goals in five games.

Seider could return to the DEL next season, or, if signed to an entry-level contract by the Red Wings, he could jump immediately to the NHL or American Hockey League.

Should the Red Wings decide to develop Seider in the Canadian Hockey League the Owen Sound Attack would hold his rights and ultimately be his destination barring a trade within the Ontario Hockey League.

A recent comparable occurred just last season when the Chicago Blackhawks drafted Adam Boqvist with the eighth-overall pick. After signing the Swedish national to an entry-level contract the Blackhawks assigned Boqvist to the London Knights. The Knights had selected Boqvist in the 2017 CHL Import Draft.

At the time Boqvist told NHL.com he didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to develop on the smaller ice surface in North America. The Blackhawks and their prospect jointly decided he would be better served playing with his same-age peers in the OHL.

Boqvist tallied 20 goals and 40 assists in 60 games with the Knights this past season and added 13 points in 11 playoff games.

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