By Mike Hendrickson

Gophers defenseman Nick Seeler signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild, the team announced on Saturday.

Seeler played just one season at Minnesota after transferring from Nebraska-Omaha. He forgoes his senior year of eligibility by signing.

The Eden Prairie, Minn. native tallied 10 assists his junior year and led the team in blocked shots (91), plus/minus (+21), and penalty minutes (43).

He was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Wild and is the third Gophers player to leave school early to turn professional this week.

Junior forward Hudson Fasching signed an entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday and scored his first career NHL goal on Saturday. Junior defenseman Michael Brodzinski signed an entry-level deal with the San Jose Sharks on Thursday and is expected to debut with their AHL affiliate, the San Jose Baracuda, on Wednesday.

The Gophers also lost three players early to NHL teams at the end of last season in Mike
Reilly, Brady Skjei, and Adam Wilcox.