Challenging "the analytics" & defending Detroit Red Wings star Moritz Seider

In today's world, people love to debate on social media. But recent comments about Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mortiz Seider are ill-informed and just blasphemous.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider (53) gets set before a face-off.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider (53) gets set before a face-off. / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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Moritz Seider is the Detroit Red Wings best defenseman, undisputed.

Seider is the team's top defenseman. Regardless of what the metrics show or what screenshots/player cards on Twitter show, he's the team's best defenseman. He may make mistakes, miss coverage, or find himself in a defensive lapse from time to time, but to suggest he is not good is just beyond me.

Being so engulfed in a model or numbers, overlooking what Seider does night in and night out as a whole, is just baffling. He stepped up and defended against Jason Robertson when Dallas took it to Detroit. Robertson was quiet. Sure, Detroit lost with a blow-up second period, but Robertson was quiet.

Against Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, arguably the best duo on a line in all of hockey, while they were scorching red-hot, Seider was able to hold them. The team lost in overtime & Seider was not on the ice. McDavid scored (again, not while Seider was on the ice), and when Hyman scored, it was another player who missed his responsibility. Seider had done his job.

Those are just two games; there's plenty more to the season. As is the times when Seider has not played perfectly, but when you look at it overall, Seider's been great for Detroit. He's averaging 22:23 this season for the Red Wings, which is down a minute from his last two years, and he STILL leads the team in ATOI in 2023-24.