The Wild continued to tweak with its blue line Sunday, recalling defenseman and Eden Prairie native Nick Seeler from the American Hockey League while assigning Viktor Loov to Iowa.
Seeler is in the midst of his second season with Iowa, talling 12 points and racking up a team-leading 74 penalty minutes in 49 games. In his first pro season in 2016-17, the 24-year-old appeared in 57 games – chipping in five assists, pacing the team in penalty minutes (109) and tying for second in games played among team rookies.
A University of Minnesota alum, Seeler was drafted in the fifth round (131st overall) in 2011 by the Wild after helping Eden Prairie High School capture the 2011 and 2009 Minnesota Class AA State Hockey Championships at Xcel Energy Center. He was also a First Team All-State pick following his senior season in 2010-11.
Seeler would become the 25th Minnesotan to appear in a regular-season game with the Wild and fifth to make his NHL debut with the team. He'll wear No.36.
Loov was acquired by the Wild Thursday in a trade with the Devils that sent forwards Christoph Bertschy and Mario Lucia to New Jersey. He joined the Wild Friday, getting recalled from Iowa, but he did not play a game before getting returned to the AHL Sunday.