For the first time since 1965, the Detroit Red Wings officially have the best rookie in the National Hockey League.
20-year-old defenseman Moritz Seider earned 170 out of 195 votes, easily winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best rookie and beating out Michael Bunting of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks. He is also the 13th defenseman to win the Calder and third in the past eight seasons, following Cale Makar (2019-20) and Aaron Ekblad (2014-15).
The Red Wings have had candidates for the NHL Rookie of the Year in years past, including Henrik Zetterberg in 2003 and Steve Yzerman in 1984, though both would ultimately fall short.
But if Scott Wheeler from The Athletic could do it all over again, Seider still wouldn't go first overall despite earning Rookie of the Year Honors. In fact, he'd drop all the way to third overall.
3. Chicago Blackhawks: RHD Moritz Seider
Actual draft pick: No. 6 (change: +3) to Detroit
My final ranking: No. 35 (change: +32)
"This is one of my all-time misses. My final ranking here is deceiving, because it was released before the combine in Buffalo, and before Seider’s standout performance at men’s worlds, and I wrote in the aftermath that I’d rank him close to 20/the late teens if I could edit my list. But even that kind of slotting would have made this a huge miss, too, because I wouldn’t have taken Seider inside the top 10. In last year’s players I was wrong about column, I wrote about Seider and to a similar but lesser extent Jake Sanderson a year later, as indicative of a problem I’ve had not playing catch-up on late-season surges fast enough. That’s something I’ve worked to correct by trying to leave each prior viewing at the door and open myself up to the kind of rapid progression that can happen for some players and did happen for Seider. He’s got it all, now. And while he has made important progress in key areas (especially his assertiveness in the offensive half), he had a lot then, too."
Meanwhile, he has the Red Wings taking current Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram with the 6th overall selection. He appeared in 30 games with the Avs this year, registering 17 points while also appearing in 20 postseason games, registering nine assists.