The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have claimed defenseman Nick Seeler off waivers from the Minnesota Wild. Seeler’s contract has an AAV of $725,000 and is signed through the 2020-21 season.
Seeler, drafted by Minnesota in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, spent time with the Wild and their AHL affiliate in Iowa this season. He played in six games for Minnesota, while also posting two assists in six games for Iowa.
A native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Seeler registered career highs in games played (71), goals (2), assists (5) and points (7) during the 2018-19 campaign with Minnesota. He made his National Hockey League debut during the 2017-18 season, skating in 22 regular-season games and registering four assists for the Wild. He added two helpers in five Stanley Cup Playoff games during the 2018 postseason.
Spanning parts of three seasons (2016-18, 2019-20) with Iowa, Seeler had two goals and 17 assists in 112 games. He played his first two seasons (2012-14) of collegiate hockey with the University of Nebraska-Omaha, notching 19 points (6G, 13A) in 70 games. He redshirted the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules prior to playing his senior season with the University of Minnesota. He led the Golden Gophers with a +21 plus/minus rating and 91 blocked shots.
The Blackhawks travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7:00 p.m. CT. That game can be seen on NBCSN, streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app and heard on WGN Radio.