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.
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.