Detroit Moritz Ceder is one of the Calder Cup finalists, as the NHL Newcomer of the Year.
Somewhat surprisingly, his colleague Lucas Raymond is not.
Seider and Michael Bunting of Toronto and Trevor Zegras of Anaheim have qualified for the finalists, as selected by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
The 2022 NHL Awards winners will be revealed during the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final, with exact dates, format and times to be announced.
Cedar led the junior defense with seven goals, 43 assists and 50 points, a total score that only two rookie Bloelen players have surpassed over the past 30 years (Queen Hughes, 53 in 2019-20, and Vladimir Malakov, 52 in 1992-93) , and only two junior defensive backs in Detroit history (Reed Larson, 60 in 1977-78, and Niklas Liedstrom, 60 in 1991-92).
Seider, the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft, led all-rookies 2021-22 (attacking and defense) in assists, Power-play (19) and power-play points (21), while ranking among the top five for shots on goal ( 3rd; 187), points (4th) and match-winning goals (tied for 5th place; four).
Cider has played in all 82 Red Wings games and led all rookies in total time on the ice (1889:22) and minutes per game (23:02)—the franchise’s debutante record in both categories, which has been tracked since 1997-1998.
Cider is the first Calder Cup finalist in Detroit since Jimmy Howard in 2009-10. Cider is vying to become the sixth player in franchise history to win the award and the first since Roger Cruiser in 1964-1965.
When asked about Calder’s prospect of winning late last season, Ceder was ambivalent on the subject.
“It’s definitely an honor, but I don’t think about it at all,” Seder said. “You want to win the Stanley Cup. There aren’t a lot of backers[they won it]but I have to be honest, I don’t pay attention to that just because it’s a distraction, an unnecessary distraction from your game and not what I need right now.
“I want to enjoy the moment and come to the rink with a big smile and not think about what people are thinking on social media. This is something I learned early on. I just want to come to the rink and work hard every day.”
Seider’s ability to jump into the NHL and excel in so many different ways has impressed veteran forward Sam Gagner.
“He’s an incredible player,” Gagner said. “He does it on both sides of the disc, runs our strong play, plays the big minutes defensively, hits a penalty kick, you name it. He does everything for us. Already at his age, he’s a leader for us.
“You see he has this ability to read a room and understand what’s required from an off-ice perspective as well. He’s a great player and a great person and he’s going to keep building.”
Bunting led the All-Stars with 63 points (23 goals, 40 assists) in 79 games to help bolster the attacking Maple Leafs who finished second in the NHL with 315 goals.
Bunting, 26, just met Calder’s requirements at age 26 or younger on the Sept. 15 of the players’ junior season. The Banners spent five seasons in Major League Soccer before appearing in 26 games between two seasons with the Arizona Coyotes before signing with Toronto last summer as a free agent.
Zegras, who dazzled the hockey world with superb passes and goals, finished second among the rookies with 23 goals, 38 assists and 61 points in 75 games – a one-season franchise record for assists and points by a novice.
However, many analysts suspected Raymond would advance to the finalists rather than the other forwards – but they didn’t.
Raymond scored 23 goals (the second among the juniors) and 34 assists for 57 points (the third), while playing in all 82 games and on the first wing streak with Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertozzi all season.
But in the talented junior class, Raymond exited the top three, with both Ponting and Zegras having stronger finishes.