Chicago Blackhawks: 3 keys to success for Nick Seeler
Key 3: Be ready to fill in whatever niche is asked of him
If he’s going to work his way into the line-up, he has to be ready to fill in wherever and however the team needs him. He’s barely played, and probably doesn’t really factor into the long term plans for the team.
When he gets the nod to dress, he needs to just bring his absolute best, regardless of what he’s asked to do, even if it’s out of the ordinary. Don’t forget, Sheldon Brookbank used to be slotted in as a forward from time to time. Have a look at #ProjectBrookBank on Twitter if you feel the need to wander down a forgettable moment in Blackhawks history. We don’t need a #ProjectSeeler, but you get the idea.
He’ll get games this year, but we’ll have to hope his play has improved. Last year was kind of forgettable for Seeler. He’s a physical player, so if he can just keep the opposing team(s) out of the crease and help break up a few offensive rushes he’ll be fine.
All things being equal, Seeler will be among the players Chicago makes available for Seattle’s expansion draft. And if he isn’t picked by Seattle, it’s likely his future with Chicago is over. A 27-year-old depth defenseman just isn’t going to be the kind of player any team wants to hold on to. For what it’s worth, the flat cap is probably going to be a good thing for a player like Seeler because he’ll be an affordable depth option on any team he plays for.