Top 5 best discount defensemen the Blackhawks can sign in NHL free agency

The Chicago Blackhawks most likely won’t attract any big-name defenseman during NHL free agency, thanks to their current rebuild.

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Kevin Shattenkirk would be a well-respected addition to a young team

This list is full of players who are used to playing in one city for no more than a season or two, and Kevin Shattenkirk is no exception. Better yet, Shattenkirk also has a Stanley Cup on his resume, so that alone would immediately earn him respect in a young organization. 

While he’s long past his prime, Shattenkirk would be perhaps the most ideal mentor for what could be an ultra-young defensive rotation in Chicago next season should Davidson lure him to the Windy City. He finished in the top 15 for the Norris twice, and he’s also logged regular top-four minutes in the past, which also gives him more credibility than the other three names listed.

However, it could be tough to bring Shattenkirk to town should he decide to play next season since he’s currently with the Boston Bruins. Given his age, there is a good chance Shattenkirk would opt to re-sign with Boston or at least play for another contender, especially since he was already part of an early rebuilding project with the Anaheim Ducks. 

But it also doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on him because he’s seen what it looks like to win a Stanley Cup and also how to help a team grow. Therefore, of all the defensemen mentioned today, Shattenkirk could be the best option if he’s available and willing to come to Chicago.