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Chicago Blackhawks’ Defensemen Who Will Make Team

By Mike Brennan
Dec 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) skates past Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin (33) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) skates past Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin (33) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 17, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Viktor Svedberg (43) with the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Viktor Svedberg

Way back in March of this year, the Blackhawks front office and Svedberg agreed to a two-year deal. Last season he logged 27 games with two goals and two assists for the Blackhawks, while averaging around 15 minutes on the ice.

Along with those 27 games, he played 40 games with the Rockford IceHogs. Down there he had one goal and 14 assists with a plus/minus of plus-9. At 6-foot-8 and 238 pounds, Svedberg is a huge young body that can wreck havoc in passing and shooting lanes for opposing teams.

The contract the Blackhawks gave Svedberg obviously shows that the club does believe in him, and why not? He has tons of upside to his game inside a huge body. The front office would have been stupid to not re-sign him to any kind of deal.

But since he is under this contract, look for the ‘Hawks to try and get as much as they can out of their player. He is the type of defenseman the ‘Hawks need in order to plug in some holes in the pairings.

He will most likely be a defenseman with the “defense first” mentality, which makes sense considering he is a giant on skates with incredible reach. If his skating matures during this season, he could be a nice sixth defenseman who can break up plays and take opposing players off the puck.

This is a type of defenseman the ‘Hawks have not seen in a while, and it would be a nice change of pace from last year’s defensemen.

Next: Erik Gustafsson

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