Moritz Seider, a defenseman prospect eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft, opened plenty of eyes with his performance with Germany at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.
The World Championship opened his eyes too.
Seider, No. 6 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of International skaters for the 2019 draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 21-22, has seen how far he's come, and how far he has yet to go.
"There's a big gap between me and the NHL," the 18-year-old said following Germany's 5-1 loss against Finland in the quarterfinals at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Thursday. "You have to be serious. For sure, it's still for sure a couple of years. You have to be realistic and work on those things and get prepared."
The World Championship has given Seider a base to build on, and he could become the highest-selected German-born player at the NHL Draft since the Edmonton Oilers selected forward Leon Draisaitl No. 3 in 2014.
"Seider is a powerful player with very good overall skills," said NHL director of European Scouting Goran Stubb. "Strong, mature, skilled and a solid two-way player. Effective in all situations. Good hockey sense and plays an effective simple game."
Seider (6-foot-3.5, 183 pounds) missed three games of the World Championship because of an injury sustained in the round robin but had two goals in five games and averaged 13:47 of ice time per game -- fifth-best among defensemen for Germany -- in the tournament.