Chicago Blackhawks: Making sense of the Nick Seeler move

Nick Seeler, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Nick Seeler, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Blackhawks are making a change to their roster after just two games, as it looks like Nick Seeler will no longer be apart of the Blackhawks. Seeler was added to the roster last season from waivers.

Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Nick Seeler has been placed on unconditional waivers by the ‘Hawks, as reported by Elliotte Friedman yesterday. The decision to not keep Seeler around on the roster should not be too surprising for Blackhawks fans.

Seeler was 27 years old and even though he was not going to be taking up major minutes this season, Chicago has Lucas Carlsson, Wyatt Kalynuk, and Nicolas Beaudin waiting for a chance in the lineup with the Blackhawks. Those three players currently sit on the taxi squad, and Chicago keeping Seeler around took up a spot that could go to the younger options.

The former Blackhawks defenseman was claimed from the Minnesota Wild back in February of 2020, so losing him now really is not much of a loss for the organization. Seeler was a great addition last season during a time when Chicago was facing injuries and needed an extra piece to their blueline.

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Throughout his time with the Blackhawks Seeler got in six games in 2019-20 and put up an assist during that time. He did not get to play during the ‘Hawks run to the playoffs last season. So far in his NHL career, Nick Seeler has played in 105 games since being drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL draft.

It will be interesting to see where Seeler will end up next. Hopefully, he finds his way in the NHL and can become a regular on a different team. Knowing the Blackhawks’ luck with defensemen he will turn into a star and win a championship like other blue liners after they move on from the team.

Now with Seeler gone, the youth that was mentioned in Stan Bowman’s press runs during the offseason will get more opportunities to shine on the roster. Which young defenseman do you think we will see crack the ‘Hawks lineup next? – my guess is Wyatt Kalynuk.