Blackhawks: 10 questions on our mind heading into the new season

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Brent Seabrook #7, Chicago Blackhawks
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3 – Where will Brent Seabrook fit in?

Brent Seabrook is one player I am excited to watch play hockey again. Seabrook hasn’t touched the ice for an NHL game in a year now, and after countless surgeries, I hope he can come back better than ever.

While I think the best seasons of Brent Seabrook in Chicago are behind us, I am interested to see whether or not he can regain a little bit of his standing on the Blackhawks blue line. Having the ‘Hawks assistant captain sit on the bench or up in the box night in and night out will not be a good look for the ‘Hawks.

After an offseason that featured Jonathan Toews sharing his frustrations about the organization, following that up with Seabrook sitting throughout most of the season and not being pleased about it would further derail the Blackhawks.

There are a few different ways the Blackhawks can handle Seabrook this season, but it all depends on how he plays. If he plays well, then Colliton’s decision to play a younger defenseman more or something along those lines will look bad. However, if the long-time Blackhawk comes back and is playing poorly, then the decision to scratch him would be easier – we will have to wait and see what happens.

A handful of young defenders are ready to take the next step with this team, but their path to the NHL has crowded thanks to players like Seabrook and Calvin de Haan. Chicago might decide to bench Seabrook and be more of a mentor in the locker room, but if he doesn’t like their decision and lets others know about his frustration, then this will be a long season.