Chicago Blackhawks: 3 Keys to success for Brent Seabrook

Brent Seabrook #7, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Brent Seabrook #7, Chicago Blackhawks
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Key 2: Continue being a leader

Despite never really getting into the spotlight, Seabrook has a reputation as a leader. For the remainder of his career, and starting in 2020-2021, he needs to prioritize this role. Even if he’s not playing every night, or getting a lot of ice time when he does suit up, he needs to help the rest of the team stay focused and play as a cohesive group.

If he’s the leader he’s alleged to be, then this shouldn’t be a problem. It’ll be just a part of who he is, and he’ll be ready to do it. The trick is to make sure that no matter what, he’s prepared to be a prominent voice.

This might mean that Seabrook’s influence is shifted away from the games he does participate in and towards practices and any off-ice initiatives. This could mean PR opportunities for the team, workouts with younger players, reviewing video with teammates, or anything that might be able to take advantage of the experience and respect he’s accrued for himself over the years.

Seabrook’s longevity is an asset if he can use this to the team’s advantage. He was around when the team was bad. Like, really bad. As a member of the Blackhawks, he’s experienced the lowest of lows to the highest of highs and was an Olympian for Team Canada as well. In this respect, he’s an extremely accomplished asset to the team, and one that can still be leveraged, regardless of how much he actually plays.