The Germans may not be walking away from the World Junior Championship with any hardware this year, but German defenseman Moritz Seider may have just single handedly helped Germany make a big time statement at the tournament.
The Germans faced off against Kazakhstan on Sunday in what unfortunately proved to be a relegation game for the Kazakhstanis, but it was a hit from Seider during the course of the game that has truly stolen the show. It is simply just not the kind of hit that your normally see a lot of during international hockey tournaments and given how strict the International Ice Hockey Federation has been regarding some of its rules during this tournament it makes sense that players will often choose to shy away from the big time hit.
That being said this time around Seider, a Detroit Red Wings prospect that was selected in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2019 National Hockey League Entry Draft, did not shy away from the big hit at all and in fact he laid out his opponent with this one. The German defenseman got a Kazakhstani forward attempting to either split the German defense or attempting to cut across the blue line after entering the German zone, but Seider was having none of it. Instead he quickly changed directions and caught his opponent square in the chest with a devastating body check that flattened him on the ice, a position he would remain in for several moments as he attempted to shake off the cobwebs.
This may very well have been the biggest and hardest hit of the tournament thus far and it gives fans in Detroit something to look forward to a few years down the line when Seider will no doubt become a regular fixture on the Red Wings blue line. So far this season Seider has played in 28 games for the Red Wings American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, an he has 1 goal and 11 assists for a total of 12 points on the season thus far. At just 18 years of age Seider has come nowhere close to his ceiling yet, so there is only room to improve moving forward.