Red Wings’ Moritz Seider pumped for the future after winning Calder

A memorable night for Moritz Seider was made even more special when several Detroit Red Wings teammates joined him on Tuesday at the NHL Awards Show in Tampa.

Team captain Dylan Larkin sat next to Seider when the winner of the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year was announced.

“It was a really interesting surprise,” Seider said. “It’s nice to see that not only your captain and teammates have your back, but the whole organization. I am very happy that Larks sat next to me.

Seider, a great defender who thrived on both ends of the ice, garnered 170 out of 195 votes in first place from the Professional Hockey Writers Association for 1,853 points, easily overtaking Anaheim center Trevor Zegras (15 votes in first place, 1,191 points ). Toronto left winger Michael Bunting was third.

It is the first Red Wing to win the award since goalkeeper Roger Crozier in 1965.

“There will be a time when you will be sitting at home alone or with your friends and you will be very happy with what you have achieved,” Seider said. “But apart from that, I think it’s more about the team.”

Seider, 21, credited teammates with helping his smooth transition to the championship.

“I think once you get confident it’s a lot easier to go out and perform every single night,” said Seider. “The teammates were pushing me hard. I just enjoyed every single moment, so it was easy to come out on the track and try to improve. “

This includes fellow rookie Lucas Raymond, who finished fourth in the voting.

“It was great to have him on your side, to have someone going through the same stages as you, because you have someone to talk to,” Seider said. “We got close from the start. I really think he should be up here too, in that conversation (Calder) and maybe even win that award, but others have to judge him. “

What was he most proud of?

“Not to fall into a nervous breakdown during an 82 (game) season,” Seider said. “Just playing all 82 games and in the end you look in the mirror and say you gave your best.”

He enjoyed the challenge of playing every night against the best opponents.

“I’m just trying to keep up with the other team’s best line and trying to close every single game,” Seider said. “Some nights it works better than other nights, but for the most part I think I’ve done a good job with all of my D partners. They’ve given me a lot of confidence to do it.”

Seider is already focused on an area he aims to improve on next season.

“I think lateral movement on the blue line is a key to being successful as a defender,” Seider said. “See (Colorado Cale) Makar doing it in the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s fun to watch. You want to be up there too someday.

He said he’s “pumped” for next season.

“Everyone is preparing to be better next season, to prove more people wrong and to fight for a place in the playoffs,” Seider said. “I think the time has come to give something back, not only for ourselves but also for this city, the fans. We want the playoffs at the LCA.

“I want to take a step forward and be a leader on the ice and, if necessary, off the ice as well. Just lead by example and I think others will follow. “

He was asked what his thoughts were exactly three years ago until the date that Steve Yzerman, in his first draft as general manager of the Red Wings, called his name with the sixth overall pick in the Vancouver draft.

“I think I was a little bit more nervous (tonight) because when you dress so well and don’t get rewarded you might feel a little bit disappointed,” Seider said.

Seider thanked his brother and girlfriend for being in Tampa and as he accepted the trophy on stage he joked, “My parents didn’t make it. They have just returned from Croatia and thought it was more important to go on vacation ”.

Asked if he had heard from his parents in Germany, Seider said: “No. Hopefully they were sleeping. Just wait for their reaction tomorrow. “

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