Minnesota’s Seeler signs with NHL’s Wild

Defenseman Nick Seeler played in 36 games for Minnesota this season (photo: Jim Rosvold).

Minnesota defenseman Nick Seeler signed with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild on Saturday, giving up his final year of collegiate eligibility.

Seeler, a fifth-round pick of the Wild in 2011, played one season for Minnesota after starting his collegiate career at Omaha.

“I am thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to join the Minnesota Wild organization,” Seeler said in a Gophers news release. “I want to thank the entire Gopher Hockey program for giving me the chance to be part of such a great tradition. I have been very fortunate to play hockey in Minnesota in high school and in college and could not be happier about the opportunity to continue my career in my home state.”

Seeler had 10 assists in 36 games for Minnesota this season after sitting out the 2014-15 season because of NCAA transfer rules.

He had six goals and 19 points in 70 games over two seasons for Omaha.

“Nick has a great opportunity to play for his hometown team in the Minnesota Wild, and we are happy for him,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said in a statement. “Nick was a vital part of our team this season as well as last season, and we thank him for his contributions to the Gopher Hockey program.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. The early defections continue. I wonder if it has anything to do with the direction the program has been heading recently.

    • Fasching and Seeler will graduate in April. They have a degree and pro leverage. NHLPA rules almost require prospects to forgo their senior season. Lucia graduates his players with good GPAs. He has to walk that tightrope of recruiting top players and allowing them to chase the NHL dream. He is not Jerry York, but Lucia does what Minnesota wants. Lucia wins more than he loses, graduates players and no scandals. That cannot be said of other coaches at the U.

  2. I’m sure it does to a point. Has there been any word on if Kloos is going to leave? Certainly a talented player.

    MN is such a mess across the board right now. No AD to make good decisions. Football coaching change was an unfortunate situations. Basketball has been a mess. And despite Lucia have success in his career, their hockey program needs something to rejuvenate it, and spark interest again.

    As a Sioux fan (even though I grew up a Gopher fan), MN is the team you love to hate. But its definitely not as fun to hate them when they are struggling. Way more fun to play and beat them, when they were both top teams in the country slugging it out.

    • Kloos was not drafted in 2012. I guess he would be a free agent and be able to sign with any team if he decided to leave. I could be wrong. Anyone else know about that?

  3. The article mentioned that he sat out a year as a transfer. He is now in his fourth year of college, even though listed as a junior for athletic eligibility. This may have impacted his decision to sign.

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