ST. PAUL, Minn. - Opportunity sometimes comes at someone else's expense.

Eden Prairie native Nick Seeler is a case in point. The former EP Eagle and Minnesota Gophers defenseman will make his NHL debut tonight, lacing em' up to take the ice against the New York Rangers.

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Seeler will fill a spot opened up by the hand injury suffered by rock-solid defender Jonas Brodin. He joins youngsters Mike Riley and Gustav Olofsson in trying to find a spot in the defensive rotation until Brodin gets back, and maybe beyond that point.

The 24-year-old played on two state championship teams at Eden Prairie, and then moved on to the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the U of M. He signed a contract with the Iowa Wild before the 2016-17 season. Seeler is known as a big, physical defender who doesn't mind mixing it up, a contrast to smaller skilled D-men like Jared Spurgeon, Matt Dumba and Riley.