Nick Seeler to make his NHL debut against the Rangers – Hockey Wilderness (blog)

It’s finally time. Nick Seeler is finally getting his opportunity. Finally getting that big chance to show what he can do well at the NHL level. After 49 hard-fought games down in Iowa where he was getting top pairing minutes and is the only member of Derek Lalonde’s defensive corps that hadn’t been scratched this season, all that nose-to-the-grindstone work by Iowa’s most consistent player has earned him a chance at the NHL.

With the call-up, there can be a lot of speculation about other moves for the Wild organization before the trade deadline coming in just two weeks, but make no mistake that this is a well deserved moment for the former Gopher and Eden Prairie native.

I’d have to admit, I was rather put off that the Wild decided to let Viktor Lööv get the call for the left side over Seeler following a trade that sent 2011 second-rounder, Mario Lucia, and 2012 6th-rounder, Christoph Bertschy to the Devils organization last Thursday. Maybe it had to do with Lööv’s 214 AHL games, a number that Bruce Boudreau has been vocal about regarding player development in the A. Maybe it was that he has 17 points to his name at the AHL level, albeit with a struggling North Division squad in Binghamton.

Seeler, a fifth-round pick out of Eden Prairie High School back in 2011, had been playing some tremendous defense down in the A, though it is easy to poke holes considering that he produced just 12 points (2G/10A) in his second professional season – surpassing his lowly 5 points (all assists) in 57 games his rookie season.

So, what are the Minnesota Wild getting in Seeler for Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers?

Defensively speaking, there aren’t too many players that bring the kind of

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