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Your expectations for Moritz Seider and the rebuild timeline – The Athletic

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The results are in. More than 2,100 fans participated in our annual Red Wings fan survey, weighing in on all facets of the franchise.

Part 1 of the results, which focused on the offseason and fans’ confidence in the Red Wings’ front office and coaching staff, can be found here.

Today, we’ll dig in to Part 2, starting with expectations for a certain soon-to-be rookie defenseman.

Question 1

I was admittedly a bit nervous to look at the results to this question. Seider has been excellent since the Red Wings drafted him sixth in 2019 — so good that The Athletic’s Corey Pronman recently ranked him as the No. 17 U23 player in the world (including those already in the NHL) — and the potential for him to become a minute-munching, top-pair defenseman is clear. And yet, when a prospect like that is coming into a situation like Detroit’s — where hope has been hard to come by at the NHL level lately — it’s fair to wonder whether there will be too much pressure to be a superstar immediately.

Respondents, though, had a rather reasonable outlook on what Seider’s rookie year might look like. The most popular answer, at 45 percent, was that he would make a quick difference and hold his own in the top four all year — still an optimistic prediction by any definition, but one that has merit after Seider was the SHL’s top defenseman last season at 19.

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