Chicago Blackhawks: Role of Nick Seeler moving forward
By Ryan Fedrau
The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Seeler might be taking on a new role after the trade deadline since Erik Gustafsson is gone.
After the trade deadline, the Chicago Blackhawks are one defenseman short. That leaves an open spot for either Nick Seeler or Lucas Carlsson. The way the Blackhawks move the lines around, it’s fair to assume both players will see NHL time before season’s end.
It’s fair to assume that Seeler will see more time than Carlsson. Carlsson did make his NHL debut on Sunday, but that shouldn’t count out Seeler. The only negative part of Seeler’s game is how he can’t stay out of the box.
It’s going to be a toss-up between Carlsson and Seeler. Seeler has only played in three games since being claimed by the Blackhawks. He isn’t a staple in the Blackhawks lineup, just yet. With Carlsson being exempt from the waivers, Seeler might be one of the few options for the Blackhawks.
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If Seeler is Jeremy Colliton‘s choice to replace Erik Gustafsson, he has a big role. The two players aren’t even comparable. Seeler will have to take the role of a “bandage” on the problem until next season.
Next season, Ian Mitchell will most-likely spend some time with the Blackhawks. Until then, Seeler will have to fill that role.
With 20 games left, the more experienced Seeler might be Colliton’s pick. With the season being almost over, they might throw the younger guys out there to see what they can do.
Either way, Seeler isn’t the future of the Blackhawks. He is a bandage to cover up a lack of depth on defense.