Thursday, February 03, 2011

Future Lumberjack Seeler picks UNO

The future just keeps getting brighter for the Muskegon Lumberjacks and their recent draft pick, Nick Seeler.

The future Jack and current senior at Eden Prairie High School recently committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Muskegon drafted Seeler in the 17th round (246th overall) of the 2010 USHL Entry Draft. The Jacks’ scout in Minnesota, Chris LaCombe, identified Seeler’s rare skill set and pegged him for the draft.

Seeler, a 6-foot, 175-pound defenseman, has 28 points on seven goals and 21 assists in just 16 games with the Eagles this season. He’ll join the Lumberjacks next season.

“We’re very excited for Nick and the opportunities ahead of him,” Lumberjacks head coach Kevin Patrick said. “We’re looking forward to his time in Muskegon, and we’ll do everything we can to prepare him for the next level and help him on his path to someday play in the NHL.”

Patrick says Seeler’s gritty style of play will make him a perfect fit in the Jacks’ system.

“He’s a hard-nosed defenseman who plays with an edge,” Patrick said. “He’s a guy who will always stick up for his teammates, but he’s also got the skills to jump into the play and contribute offensively.”

Ten current Lumberjacks are committed to a Division I institution, while Seeler becomes the second future Lumberjack to make a verbal commitment, as Joe Cox committed to Michigan State University during the offseason.

Jacks defenseman Jaycob Megna is also committed to UNO, as is his older brother Jayson, who leads all USHL skaters with 23 goals. UNO joined the WCHA this 2010-11 season, and the Mavericks are 10-6-2 in their first campaign in the powerhouse conference.

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