On Day 7 of our 25 Chicago Blackhawks in 25 Days series, the choice is obvious. We will highlight number 7, Brent Seabrook.
There is just one week until the 2019-20 season gets underway for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks are a historic NHL franchise which has had a lot of great leaders throughout the years. One leader is number 7, the player we are previewing today, Brent Seabrook.
Player Spotlight: Brent Seabrook
Brent Seabrook has been through it all with the Chicago Blackhawks. When you play in 1082 games with one team, throughout your 14-year career, you tend to see all different sides of the organization.
Seabrook was apart of the Blackhawks during some of the dark days. Drafted 14th overall in 2003, Seabrook came to the Blackhawks back when the seats were empty in the United Center. In 2005, the Blackhawks were not one of the best franchises in the NHL. They actually couldn’t get fans to come to the games.
Things changed quickly after drafting Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Seabrook was there to witness all of it: the Blackhawks at their lowest, the glimmer of hope with the young, talented players, and the rise to dominance.
Brent Seabrook has tallied 460 points throughout his 14-year career. His offensive stats are not the best, but he will still go down in history with one goal he scored during the playoffs.
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Scoring the game-winning goal against your biggest rival in a game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will earn you a contract no matter what the size.
Brent Seabrook is a leader. He is there to fist bump his teammates as they head to battle every game. Seabrook wears the A on his jersey, representing his worth to the franchise.
The Blackhawks will need Seabrook to elevate his game this year, and with a new partner on the blue line, maybe he can do just that.
Olli Maatta came to the Chicago Blackhawks from the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this offseason. Maatta is a young defensive-minded defenseman who can sprinkle in some offense every now and then.
Maatta’s biggest fault is his speed. Maatta and Seabrook were one of the best defensive pairings in the preseason this year for the Blackhawks, but Jeremy Colliton might want to rethink how he will use Maatta and Seabrook in the regular season.
The Blackhawks’ biggest weakness last year was their lack of defensive ability. They gave up way too many goals, and even if they made the playoffs, their defensive woes would have secured an early first-round exit.
In 7 days, Brent Seabrook has an opportunity to help get the Chicago Blackhawks defense back on track. Hopefully, he has enough fuel left in the tank to pull it off.