The first variation of the Blackhawks lineup showcases a defensive unit that can actually be pretty competitive.
Keith – Boqvist
de Haan – Murphy
Zadorov – Mitchell
Seventh defensemen: Brent Seabrook
The Blackhawks paired Duncan Keith with Adam Boqvist a lot last season, and I would expect we see a lot of them together again next year. While Keith had to play a little more safe with an inexperienced player like Boqvist last season, Boqvist can hopefully step up to the plate next year.
Mitchell with Zadorov will give Ian Mitchell a physical partner defensively that can allow him to go out and play freely. The Murphy de Haan pairing is a pairing that did well last season and hopefully can continue to succeed next season.
Personally, I like this lineup. I think this top four is pretty good, and the bottom pairing also has a lot of promise as Mitchell and Zadorov can hopefully be something in this city for a long time. The biggest question mark will be whether or not Brent Seabrook will be alright with being the seventh defenseman and whether or not he can even be productive in that role.
Keep in mind this will also allow young players (Wyatt, Mitchell, Carlsson, Beaudin, Regula) to get an opportunity every once in a while. Many young defensive prospects on this roster are waiver exempt and can be brought up for a game every once in a while.