Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mortiz Seider was selected as the 2022 Calder Memorial Trophy winner following the conclusion of the most recent National Hockey League season, but if you ask the NHL's rookie of the year himself he would let you know that he would have selected a different player.
Recently, the 21 year old german defenseman joined NHL insider Elliotte Friedman and his co-host Jeff Marek on the 32 Thoughts Podcast to discuss a variety of topics, among them his recent nomination and win of the Calder Trophy. During the interview Seider was asked who he would have picked for the award and, in spite of the fact that he was given the option to choose himself, the Red Wings defenseman revealed that he felt someone else was deserving of the honor.
"Whose gonna say themselves," said Seider with a laugh on the 32 Thoughts Podcast. "No my vote would definitely go to Lucas [Raymond]. Just seeing him develop during the year was special to me."
The talented young defenseman wasn't done there and continued to sing the praises of his younger teammate. At no point did this come off as Seider trying to hype up one of his fellow teammates, but rather it seemed like genuine admiration on the part of the Red Wings defenseman.
"It's crazy to see that he's even younger than me," said Seider.
"He's really mature for his age so I think that is definitely something that people should know about him."
Raymond had an excellent first season as a 20 year old rookie the National Hockey League. The former Red Wings first round pick (4th overall) at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft certainly had a strong showing with 23 goals and 34 assists for a total of 57 points over a full 82 game season, but I think most fans in Detroit would still give the nod to the very modest Mortiz Seider for his particularly outstanding season as a young defenseman.
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