Key 1: Focus on staying in the game
So what is Seeler known for? Grit. The often-used hockey cliche, “he plays with an edge.” For example, he did have this fight with Nathan Beaulieu of the Winnipeg Jets. He’s not afraid to mix it up, that’s for sure.
It’s good that he plays hard, and isn’t afraid to get physical, but where are the great hockey plays? It seems the physical side of his game presents itself more than anything else, and while that’s important since he fills a niche on the team. However, he doesn’t focus enough on the simple hockey plays that need to make. His numbers are bad, and some of this just comes down to poor decision making.
While the Blackhawks might need a rougher edge sometimes, they need people who can still make smart plays. Colliton never said why Seeler was barely in the line-up, but it probably has a lot to do with his overall game just not being as consistent as it needs to be. The only thing you can count on him to do is throw a hit, and that alone isn’t going to win games.
Seeler will need to focus more on the basics of playing the game and being more efficient with his ice time. If he can do these things, then he’ll probably be able to more realistically compete for a spot on the roster. If he doesn’t, then he’ll be back in the press box.