DETROIT – Moritz Seider will remain with the Detroit Red Wings for at least three seasons.
The 18-year-old defenseman has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the team, the Red Wings announced Sunday.
Nothing too surprising here, but it's always nice to see a top pick sign right away. In case you've been living under a rock: Seider was selected 6th overall by the Red Wings in this year's draft.
Here are five things to know about him:
1. He was DEL Rookie of the Year
Seider played 29 games with Adler Mannheim, of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), this season. The DEL is Germany's top professional ice hockey league. He only had 6 points through those 29 games, but was logging heavier minutes and ended up playing 14 playoff games.
2. He's already won a pro championship
Seider tallied 5 assists in those 14 playoff games, helping Adler Mannheim win the DEL championship.
3. He led German defenseman at WC
Germany surprised the world this spring at the World Championship, earning a 5-2 record and a trip to the tournament quarterfinals. Seider led the German defensive group with 2 goals in 5 games played.
4. He captained Germany's U20 team this year
Seider captained Germany's U20 team at the World Junior Championship this year. He scored a goal and 6 assists in 5 games played in the tournament.
5. He has great hair
A great head of hair cannot be overlooked or undervalued in the hockey world. Seider's glorious salad was on display at the draft Friday night.
Overall, people have great things to say about this kid. He's being pegged as a young leader with a good attitude and mind for the game. Let's hope it all works out for him and the Red Wings.