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Red Wings defenseman sets club record

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider probably doesn’t realize that it’s been 16 seasons since an NHL defenseman was able to dish out more than 200 hits and block more than 200 shots in the same season.

However, it is a certainty that he knows well the most recent man to do this. This is because he is that guy.

This season, Seider scored 211 goals. He also sacrificed his body for 212 pucks and finished second in the NHL in blocked shots. Seider finished eighth among NHL blueliners in hits.

“He shows up every game, he fights hard every game,” Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman said of Seider. “He blocks shots, he gets hits, he makes plays.

“We ask him to do a lot and he has the mental toughness to get through it all.”

Red Wings Seider delivers a load

Since the 2015-16 season, no NHL defenseman has reached this high level in either category. It was former Michigan Wolverine Mike Komisarek who did this in 2007-08 with the Montreal Canadiens. Seider is just the sixth NHL defenseman to reach 200 in both divisions since the league started keeping this data. He is the first Red Wings rearguard to do so.

Seider was certainly stepping up his game during Detroit’s ultimately futile playoff drive. In a 5-4 home ice victory over the Canadiens on April 15, he dished out 15 hits. Seider had six hits while blocking 10 shots during a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabers on April 7.

“I feel like he does that almost every game,” teammate Lucas Raymond said. “He’s a big kid, he’s a big part of our team, he just sacrifices his body and throws it on the line for guys like that.

“That means a lot and it also sends the right signals to us. He is huge for us.”

If there was an RFA for a new contract this offseason, Seider would no doubt be making these sacrifices every night. He played all 82 games again, as the 2021-2022 Calder Trophy winner has done in each of his two previous NHL campaigns. And he logged 22:22 hours per game on the ice, playing against the other team’s best players every night.

“We asked a lot of him,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde admitted. “That’s where we’re at.

“Probably the reason why we improved so much is not just the way he handled those matchups, but how well he did in those matchups.”