3 free agent defensemen that make the most sense for the Chicago Blackhawks

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Dylan DeMelo

A veteran of ten seasons in the NHL, Dylan DeMelo might be just the player the Blackhawks want to help out their young defensemen.

DeMelo is coming off a career-best 31 points in 82 games and an astounding +46 with the Winnipeg Jets this season. He has always been known as a reliable shutdown defender, but his solid two-way game helped to make a name for himself on the Jets' top pair.

Appearing in the playoffs five times in his career, DeMelo brings experience and leadership to any locker room as a respected veteran in the NHL.

DeMelo could be a very good fit alongside a player like Kevin Korchinski, who was often paired with Jaycob Megna after Connor Murphy's injury.

DeMelo was consistently paired with Josh Morrissey in Winnipeg has become one of the better point-producing defensemen in the NHL. Morrissey is a great puck mover and DeMelo knows exactly how to play with that style of player. Korchinski could benefit from playing with someone like DeMelo, who could be a great mentor to the young blueliner.

Entering this summer, the 31 year-old DeMelo is likely to sign a deal around 3 years which would work well with the Blackhawks contracts and how they are structured. A strong defensive and veteran presence like himself could do wonders for the team on and off the ice, making him a strong candidate for the Blackhawks to extend an offer to.