The Minnesota Wild have placed defenseman Nick Seeler on waivers in hopes of sending him to the Iowa Wild of the AHL, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Seeler has spent the majority of the season in Minnesota’s press box as he just hasn’t been able to crack the team’s lineup.
Seeler has appeared in just six games for Minnesota all season and hasn’t seen any NHL action since Dec. 7. In those six games, the 26-year-old has no points, eight penalty minutes, a minus-6 rating and averaged just 10:12 of ATOI. That’s a far cry from last season where Seeler was a regular for the franchise, appearing in 71 games with two goals and seven points, 64 penalty minutes, a minus-4 rating while averaging 12:20 on the ice.
Even when veteran Jared Spurgeon sat out for most of December with a broken hand, Seeler remained a healthy scratch in 15 of the team’s 17 games, suggesting head coach Bruce Boudreau had lost confidence in him. The Wild then sent Seeler to Iowa on a conditioning stint on Jan. 3 where he played in six games for the AHL team. He picked up two assists and had a plus-9 rating and was recalled on Jan. 15, but has been a healthy scratch for all five games since.
The move likely suggests the team is ready to move on from Seeler and hope they can pass him through to Iowa and open up a roster spot for another defenseman.