2012 Minnesota Wild Prospects: #17 - Nick Seeler
Posted by Dan Shrader on Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Defense, 6'2" 193 Pounds
Muskegon/Des Moines (USHL) 2-13-15/2-11-13 (4-24-28)
I won't lie in that Seeler has become somewhat of a favorite of mine- his selection was certainly a surprise considering he wasn't listed at all by Central Scouting in his Draft Year, but a strong senior year which resulted in a State Tournament (in which he really elevated his play) Title. Last season was a bit of a downer for him, as he played most of the season for the moribund Muskegon Lumberjacks before being traded to The Des Moines Buccaneers to finish out the season. If you recall, I was able to watch Seeler in person while I was up in Fargo in March, and came away impressed with his style of play.
He acquitted himself quite well against his fellow Wild prospects at the Development Camp Scrimmages as well- he showed the same gritty competitive game and strong skating ability that I had seen in Fargo, but he was definitely in tune with the pace of play, against some pretty high end players too.
There's no secret that The Brass is really quite high on him, although he's likely to spend at least the next two years playing NCAA hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Ultimately I don't think he'll be a high end defender- he seems like a perfect complementary piece for a Jonas Brodin or Matt Dumba, playing a more stay at home role while those two are able to use their elite skating ability to freelance a bit. That being said, Seeler still possesses the ability to move the puck up the ice as well with his wheels and vision with the puck.
I'm not usually too keen on player comparisons, but stylistically he really reminds me of Dennis Seidenberg of the Boston Bruins. Which is all right by me.
*photo courtesy of OSTN.TV
Previous 2012 Minnesota Wild Top 20 Articles:
#18 - Tyler Cuma
#19 - Chay Genoway
#20 - Tyler Graovac