3 Different Ways The Chicago Blackhawks Defense Could Look Next Year

Duncan Keith #2, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Duncan Keith #2, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Calvin de Haan #44, Chicago Blackhawks
Calvin de Haan #44, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

This third variation allows for the Blackhawks to give Duncan Keith a defensive partner that will allow him to take some more chances during the games.

Keith – Murphy
Zadorov – Boqvist
de Haan – Mitchell
Seventh Defensemen: Brent Seabrook

Duncan Keith has been treading water the past few seasons. Keith has had to cover for his partners the past few years as they were just inexperienced. Whether it was Boqvist or Jokiharju, Keith has had to be at his best.

If the Blackhawks want to maybe get some more offensive production out of Keith, they should let him run wild a little more by pairing him up with someone like Murphy. Murphy can be the teams shut down defender while Keith takes a few more chances every once in a while.

Plus, as Keith continues to age, he will not provide the Blackhawks the same services he has been doing for the past few years; pairing him with a decent top four defender like Murphy will allow Keith to take a step back.

The other two pairings can be interchanged a little as de Haan and Zadorov should be able to help Boqvist and Mitchell along. Chicago has a lot of young defensemen in their system, and if they want to give them more opportunities, someone might need to be moved!

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The defense is an interesting piece of the Blackhawks, and I am sure we will have a lot more to talk about when it comes to the personnel heading into next season. What kind of pairings do you think we will see next season?