Blackhawks Add Defenseman Nick Seeler Off Waivers

On Monday morning the Blackhawks were awarded defenseman Nick Seeler off waivers from the Minnesota Wild.

Seeler, 26, is signed through the 2020-21 season with an AAV of $725,000. He was originally a fifth round pick (#131) by Minnesota in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has appeared in six games with the Wild this season and six with Iowa, Minnesota’s AHL affiliate. He had two assists for Iowa.

He scored two goals with five assists in 71 games with the Wild last year. Seeler was also credited with 116 blocked shots and 78 hits while averaging 12:20 on ice per game. He averaged 47 seconds of short-handed ice time per game for the Wild last year.

Seeler is listed at 6-1 and 201 pounds and is a left-handed shot. He played his senior college season with Blackhawks prospect Jack Ramsey at the University of Minnesota in 2015-16.

36 thoughts on “Blackhawks Add Defenseman Nick Seeler Off Waivers

  1. Can spend most nights in the press box. Better then a young guy like Gilbert doing it.
    Worst comes to worst he becomes a veteran dman in Rockford, next year.

  2. In hockey prospects there is really nothing about him? And he has played in 6 games this season for the Wild and 6 for their AHL team- so what’s really going on here, STAN?

  3. Apparently a good dependable stay home defenseman, not a flashy player. Could share a 6th, 7th spot with Gilbert if Gus as expected is on the move.

  4. We all know Bowman is obsessed with collecting lower tier (or below lower tier) defensemen. This is a harmless move unless he gets to play (absent injury to one of the top 6 that have stabilized in the nice streak the Hawks are on) all of a sudden. There is no reason whatsoever to take out Koekkoek or Maata tomorrow or anytime soon. If they want to send Gilbert to Rockford and let this guy watch the games as the 7th D-man, so be it.

  5. i hope they send Gilbert down to get some more playing time for development. I like this move if that is what Stan was thinking.

  6. Yeah – I have the same question as Hawk4life – how come only 12 games this season between NHL/AHL – has he been injured or what?

  7. Is Byfuglien on his way back here?Winnipeg terminating his contract.If the Hawks knew for sure that Seabrook and Dehaan were not coming back Gostisbehere and Alec Martinez are out there also.Tsn has their trade bait list out.No Hawks are in the top 20.Lehner is listed at 23.There are only 2 goalies on the 30 player list.

  8. Leafs scratched Kappanen for missing practice, saying he did it on Keefe in minors. They will have to move somebody, good chance it could be him now. May be worth exploring or better left alone.

  9. we need a physical d-man, he seems like the type of guy to get that done. We are severely lacking in the physical department. On that note bring back big buff lol.

  10. Seeler is tough !. Kid loves to hit. Likes to fight. Can skate. Has a real edge to his game. When I saw he was on waivers over the weekend I was surprised they would risk losing him and keep a journeyman like Brad Hunt.

    Funny story when I lived in Omaha a few years ago, I was skating at drop-in hockey. The Omaha Mavericks were practicing after us. They crammed into our locker room. Nick Seeler got dressed and had forgotten his skates. He then was looking for somebody to drive him back to his apartment to get his skates. Eventually he borrowed somebody’s keys and went flying out of the rink headed home like a bat out of hell.

  11. Gilbert sent down to RKF so Seeler is indeed here to be 7th D man and maybe 6th D man assuming Gus gets traded

    It’s good for Gilbert to be playing – it’s good for the Hawks to be prepared for Gus’ departure and all at no cost and maybe Seeler can play a bit

    Remember how long it took Justin Holl to find a regular spot in the NHL

  12. Seeler was odd man out when Soucy showed he could play this year in Minnesota. Seeler started 71 games with the Wild last year.

    No big gain- but no loss here. Get Gilbert some playing time in Rockford. I like it. We have a replacement with experience when we need him.

  13. Wrap – Kempny too. Clendenon. 26 is about the end of the line for D-men to figure it out, but it does happen more often than we think. Rutta developing.

  14. Seeler is a shot-blocking 7th defenseman w/ a cap hit $200k less than Gilbert. Expecting much more is probably asking too much. If the Hawks decide to move a veteran off the NHL roster he’s a guy who could give them 12-13 minutes but this isn’t a replacement for de Haan or Seabrook.

  15. I really liked what Gilbert did when he was here. He can play when we need someone and keep developing for now.

  16. Gilbert fell in to disfavor at some point. He was getting ice time then press box city! Does anyone know? As far as Seeler, he played in 71 games last year for the Wild, so what happened there? Perhaps he tore his pants with their red-faced, rotund coach.

  17. Sounds like a body to help us get to the end of the season if and when we trade Gus..for $725,000 why not? If he shows any night to night upside at all, then great..otherwise, he probably isn’t in any long term plans for the Hawks roster beyond this year..

    Someone smarter than me can also explain if this potentially gives us a d man to expose in the Seattle expansion draft after next year??

  18. Slayer no he’ll be an ufa so not unless he gets resigned. Carpenter, Delia and Maatta right now would meet the compliancy requirements for the draft right now. Shouldn’t be a big issue to be compliant.

  19. Gosh,Thanks for enlightening us dumb Hockey fans.Here I thought he was our new #1 Defenseman.Just let us enjoy someone who will skate hard,put a body on somebody,and the next time someone punches Kirby Dach in the face will actually step in.

  20. Gilbert did good at playing more physical, standing up to bullys and the cheap artists. This guy does the same thing and hes faster.

    We need more Defensemen then we have with 7 44 ltir/maybe retire.

  21. Gilbert’s decision making (skating around like a deer in headlights; trying to hit everything but gain puck possession is why he is another AHLer. Seeler? Don’t care about him, just another 6th, 7th or 8th dman on an average bor below average team. BIG BUFF, that would help even at his age if the price is right. Send Sikura, Gilbert, Delia and a 3rd rounder for BUFF.
    What the Hawks really need is scoring wingers who can skate and have size! When that happens then we can get excited. Someone like Hossa, Sharp or Big Buff that can actually play along with Toews on right wing.

  22. @Ian, thanks for the expansion draft clarification..I was looking at Capfriendly and yes, it doesn’t look like it will take much for the Hawks to comply with the parameters of the draft..good that a lot of our younger players are exempt anyway, so not too many tough decisions re: who to expose..

  23. Hull65-

    There’s no reason to trade for Buff when Winnipeg and him are working on terminating his contract. Once that’s done, he’d be a free agent. I’d love to have him on this team, but I’d only sign him for the rest of this season.

  24. Slayer-

    Debrincat could be a possibility if the Hawks are in a position where they need to clear some cap space. His cap hit is about 6.5 million for the next 3 seasons once his new deal kicks in after this season. Maybe by then Seabrook would be willing to waive his NMC clause, too. Hawks got quite a few players they need to extend or move on from over the next couple of off seasons.

  25. Slayer-

    Shaw, deHaan, Carpenter, Maata,Saad and Murphy are the only other roster players right now that are signed for the 2021/2022 season who would be eligible to be left unprotected, not including Dach and Boqvist. Kane, Toews, Keith and Seabrook all have their no movement clauses. Itll be interesting to see what direction Bowman wants to go in at the deadline thru next off season.

    Cool moniker, btw

  26. Okie fan your right, didn’t mention 65, 7, and 44 because they are on ltir right now and wouldn’t need protected. 20 is ufa so not relevant unless he resigns before then, 12 won’t be left off protected list, they will want something in return before he goes anywhere i would think. The others are exempt or have automatic status due to nmc. Any goalie under nhl contract or rfa regardless if they are in Nhl or Ahl works for compliant rules, so Delia fits.

  27. IAN-

    My bad. I forgot Saad’s contract expired after next season, so you’re right unless he’s extended he’s a moot point. Debrincat is having a big time down year, and his extension kicks in next season. If he has another subpar season, I could see them leaving him unprotected hoping to get rid of his 6.4 million cap hit. Of course I hope he starts finding the next of the net with some regularity the remainder of this season as well as next and leaving him unprotected won’t even be considered. They need him scoring goals. That’s why he got the hefty raise. His shot has been way off this season, and he’s been snake bitten hear of late too. I’ve been expecting a big scoring binge out of him the last couple of months now. Hasn’t happened yet. Now would be a great time for that to happen.

  28. Strome shouldnt get 6m he should get around 3m based on this yr and stuff, bridge. Unless 7 44 65 all come back and I think none of them do-is likely/cant know until OCT, we ll have plenty of cap space to do whatever we want. I wouls trade 15 6 to make room for a top pair Defensemen or top 4 like Muzzin.

    If 44 doesnt come back then maybe keep 6. I would replace 44 with Muzzin if hes not coming back.

    Theres a lot of cap space tied up in 7 44 65 15 6 and one of the goalies, in which we could not have any of those caphits on the 23man.

    With that we need to get roster good.

  29. Not to sound too overly “old school,” but it would be nice to see a Hawk win a fight for a change. Check out You Tube. This kid can throw!

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