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Steve Yzerman explains why the Detroit Red Wings pulled Moritz Seider to sixth overall. Filmed on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Steve Yzerman provided the Detroit Red Wings with his first imprint, adding what he saw as a valuable addition to the reconstruction.

After the NHL's first round at the Rogers Arena on Friday, Yzerman admitted it was a brave decision to elect German defender Moritz Seider as sixth overall. Seider was planned for the 12 to 20 range, and Yzerman examined the trade in some places. When he did not find a deal he liked, Yzerman took the stage and announced his first selection as General Manager of the Wings.

"We believe he has an excellent hockey sense," said Yzerman. "He's a big kid, 6ft-3, a really good skater, in our opinion he was one of the best defenders in the draft."

"I know that our fans do not know much about him, but when people enter Development camps come and see him move, google him and watch him play A bit, I think they'll be pleasantly surprised. "

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Seider has personality and Potential. He wore a bow tie with his suit; it loomed over the wings sweater he was wearing on stage. He expected him to be drafted between the ages of 15 and 20, and when his name was called sixth, his face was surprised. Both men said a very good interview on the combine had signaled the interest of the Wings

. "I spent some time with him, talked to his coaches, talked to a lot of people," said Yzerman. "I'm sure he had a little inclination that we were interested."

Seider did, but there were still very talented strikers in Dylan Cozens, Trevor Zegras and Vasili Podkolzin, after Jack Hughes took first place Overall to New Jersey, Kaapo Kakko in second, Kirby Dach third to Chicago Bowen Byram fourth to Colorado and Alex Turcotte fifth to Los Angeles.

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The Wings had moved forward with five of their last six picks in the first round.

"I look at it, I was not really in position," said Yzerman. He's a tall, well skating, smart D-man – that's his potential. I think it's a very valuable asset.

"I think he's a good, solid two-way guy. I think he'll play with your top players and against your top players because he can move the puck. He will not be Erik Karlsson winding through the traffic, but he can I think he will be a player who can play in all situations. More: Steve Yzerman could accelerate the rebuilding of the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL draft.

Seider played as a 17-year-old last season for Adler Mannheim in the German Ice Hockey League, the highest German league He had six points in 29 games and five assists in 14 playoff games, as Mannheim's DEL- Won the championship and contributed five assists. Moritz, who shoots right, is listed as 6-foot-4, 207 pounds.

He drew Yzerman's attention for the first time in December.

"When I saw him for the first time, I was surprised," said Yzerman. "You're going to be a little boy in Germany, I did not expect to see the hockey IQ I saw, he did well in a men's league against a good team, played in the men's world cup against Czechs, Slovaks and NHL players have not looked out of place. "

More: Yzerman's first surprise Wings will remember his own design in 1983. Camp starts Tuesday at the Little Caesars Arena – if he has another season He believes that he has designed a man who works well with young defenders in the team or in the system, such as Filip Hronek, Dennis Cholowski, and Oliwer Kaski.

"We believe "We have a great perspective and someone who really fits in with what we do," said Yzerman, "and that our fan base will really enjoy watching and getting to know each other."

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