Red Wings’ Moritz Seider wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s best rookie

Detroit – There was little doubt how good Moritz Seider was in his rookie NHL season, but that became perfectly clear Tuesday at the NHL Awards Show.

Seider, the Red Wings’ outstanding first-year defenseman, won the NHL’s Calder Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition” by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras and Toronto’s Michael Bunting were the other finalists.

Seider led all rookie defensemen with 50 points (seven goals, 43 assists), a point total passed by only two other rookie defensemen in the last 30 years: Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes (53) in 2019-20 and the New York Islanders’ Vladimir Malakhov (52) in 1992-93.

Only Reed Larson (60 points, 1977-78) and Nicklas Lidstrom (60 points, 1991-92) have surpassed 50 points as rookie defensemen in Red Wings history.

Seider led all 2021-22 rookies (forwards and defensemen) in assists (43), power-play assists (19) and power-play points (21), while ranking among the top five in shots on goal (third, 187), points (fourth, 50) and game-winning goals (tied for fifth with four).

Seider played in all 82 games and led all rookies in total ice time (1,889 minutes, 22 seconds) and minutes per game (23:02).

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