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Blackhawks: Five Questions Heading Into The 2021 NHL season

Dylan Strome #17, Chicago Blackhawks,(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Brent Seabrook #7, Chicago Blackhawks
Brent Seabrook #7, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /

4 How will the Blackhawks address the blue line?

Chicago has a lot of potential pieces to watch on their blue line next season. Adam Boqvist will take another step in his development, and Ian Mitchell should be ready to start his NHL career. Those two young defensemen getting cracks in the lineup will hurt some of the other veterans vying for ice time.

First, Chicago has players like Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith, Connor Murphy, and Calvin de Haan all signed for at least the next two seasons. Throw in newcomer Nikita Zadorov and the two young defensemen, and the lineup already is too full.

It will be interesting to see how Chicago plans to spread out their young defenders next season. Players like Wyatt Kalynuk, Alec Regula, Nicolas Beaudin, and Lucas Carlsson all could potentially crack Chicago’s lineup for a few games next season.

Chicago is entering a rebuild, and these young defenders will be the future of this team after the current group of players moves on. Watching the team figure out who their top six includes will be interesting, and how they deal with the Brent Seabrook situation, assuming he is the seventh defenseman, will set the tone for the entire year.

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