Defenseman Nick Seeler picked up his first point with the Blackhawks in his debut with Chicago on Sunday in Winnipeg. Seeler threw the puck behind the Jets' net, bouncing it off the boards and to Patrick Kane above the goal line, who fed the puck to Brandon Saad as he crashed the net at 10:58 of the first period to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead.
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The new Hawks D man also fought Nathan Beaulieu in the second period, landing a few solid punches in the spirited scrap.
"I thought he was pretty good," Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton said of Seeler following the 5-2 loss. "Played hard. Physical. Very good job of in the defensive zone closing on the puck-carrier and making a stop. Obviously, he was physically involved. Good performance."
Seeler, 26, was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Wild last Monday. He was in for Adam Boqvist (right shoulder injury) on Sunday, who's nearing a return to the lineup. It will be interesting to see if Seeler did enough with his first shot to remain in when Boqvist returns. The Hawks have four more games on a road trip that will conclude in Winnipeg.
Seeler is signed through the 2020-2021 season with an average annual value of $725,000. He's a native of Eden Prairie, Minn., and was selected by the Wild in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.