Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider has proven himself not only worthy of being a top-10 draft pick in the National Hockey League, but has firmly etched himself into the Calder Trophy discussion as the League's top rookie. And his efforts were rewarded when he was named the 1st Red Wings Calder Trophy winner since the mid 1960's earlier this summer.
And with the Calder win, it capped what was a season of accomplishment, to say the least. Among the accolades that he earned included setting a mark that only one other rookie defenseman in the last 25 years has accomplished by becoming only the second rookie defenseman aside from Vancouver's Quinn Hughes to put up 40 assists in a season, while also joining Nicklas Lidstrom and Reed Larson as the only rookie blue liners in franchise history to do so.
According to a recent polling by NHL Network, Seider currently ranks just outside the top 10 of all active NHL defensemen, currently listed at No. 11: