The Chicago Blackhawks have just snatched a player away from one of their most bitter rivals.
According to a report from Sportsnet's National Hockey League insider Elliotte Friedman, the Chicago Blackhawks have acquired 26 year old defenseman Nick Seller on waivers. The move is announced just 24 hours after the Wild made the decision to place Seeler on the waiver wire, a move that was criticized by some members of the Minnesota Wild fan base. Seeler is not a world beater by any stretch of the imagination, but there are some who feel that Seeler was never really given a fair shake under Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau.
The fact that Seeler has been claimed by a rival team is what makes this a notable story, and it will be interesting to see how much of a look he gets on the Chicago Blackhawks blue line moving forward. The Blackhawks have had depth issues on their blue line and have been dealing with some significant injuries to their defense as well so this could prove to be a valuable opportunity for Seeler moving forward.
Seeler is a former 5th round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, jhe was selected 131st overall at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, and he has appeared in a total of 99 games throughout his NHL career thus far. Over those 99 game Seeler has recorded 2 goals and 9 assists for a combined 11 points and also has 93 career penalty minutes to his name. This season Seeler appeared in just 6 games for the Wild and recorded no goals, and no assists while boasting a plus minus rating of -6 on the season.
Again this is not the type of acquisition that will prove to be a drastic upgrade for the Blackhawks, but it has allowed them to snatch some depth away from one of their rivals and that alone makes this a move worth watching moving forward.