Lidstrom sees the internal push to improve from Red Wings Seider

While enjoying the Stanley Cup final, Detroit Red Wings defender Moritz Seider did his homework in front of the TV.

He observed Norris Trophy winner Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche, trying to unravel some secrets of Makar’s game.

“I think lateral movement on the blue line is a key to being successful as a defender,” Seider said. “If you see Makar doing it in the Stanley Cup playoffs, that’s pretty fun to watch. You want to be up there one day too.

“This is a point of the game that I am working on.”

It’s also a point that the Red Wings executives believe will ensure that the Calder Trophy Seider winner’s learning curve and improvement as an NHLer will only continue to grow. He shares a trait that all elite players possess.

Talent? Well, yes, but there is something else that keeps the best on top. It’s that desire, that inner belief that however good they may be, they can always find a way to be better.

Seider trying to improve

“He has the right attitude,” said Red Wings Vice President of Hockey Operations Nicklas Lidstrom. I saw him play in Sweden the year before and saw the same things. When he was playing as a junior, two years ago he was one of the best players in the Swedish league.

“He has taken steps to become the rookie of the year this season. I can’t wait to see what he can accomplish along the way.

“He has that great attitude of wanting to be better, wanting to become better, wanting to learn from other players. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can do for the Wings. “

First all-debut team duo from 1991-92

Seider and Detroit striker Lucas Raymond were the Red Wings’ first teammates named to the NHL All-Rookie Team since Lidstrom and defensive mate Vladimir Konstantinov in 1991-92.

“I remember that,” Lidstrom said. “I remember being in Toronto for the awards and all. Both Vladdy and really solid rookie seasons, so we felt very happy to have caught up with him in our first season.

Lidstrom amassed a club rookie record 49 assists and 60 points that season. He finished second in the Calder Trophy by voting for Pavel Bure of the Vancouver Canucks.

“I was up against Pavel Bure who had a great season even in his rookie season so it was a tough task,” Lidstrom said. “I am really happy for Moritz that we have finally managed to win the Calder Trophy.”

Lidstrom is confident that Seider is only scratching the surface of how dominant an NHLer can become.

“Just the way he played – and it’s a tough position to play, a defender coming into your first year in the league,” Lidstrom listed as to why he believes Seider will only get better. “He’s had a great first year, a great rookie campaign.

“It was fun to watch him play and I see a lot of benefits for him along the way.”

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