Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks Playing for a New Contract This Season

By Jimmy Lynch
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome (17) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Alex DeBrincat (12) and Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome (17) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Alex DeBrincat (12) and Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 20: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Slater Koekkoek (68) in action during a game between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 20, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 20: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Slater Koekkoek (68) in action during a game between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 20, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Slater Koekkoek

The Chicago Blackhawks only have 2 defensemen on expiring contracts this offseason. Slater Koekkoek is another first-round draft pick that is up for a new contract next year. Koekkoek joined the Blackhawks via a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning in January.

Obviously, Koekkoek is not going to be a top-4 defenseman in the NHL. However, he is a reliable 7th defenseman in the NHL. Koekkoek signed a contract with the Blackhawks this offseason allowing him to compete for a roster spot moving forward.

The Blackhawks have a very crowded blue line with players like Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Calvin de Haan, Olli Maatta, and Connor Murphy all under contract for another 2 years or more.

That does not include young defensemen, like Adam Boqvist and Ian Mitchell, who will eventually have a chance in the NHL. Koekkoek is going to have to earn a contract from the Blackhawks this season.

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