30-Year-Old Defenseman – Chicago Blackhawks
Brent Seabrook Contract Information:
Signed a five-year, $29 million contract extension with the Blackhawks in February 2011.
Seabrook tallied the game-tying goal in an eventual 4-3 loss to the Lightning in Saturday's Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Duncan Keith gets all of the accolades and headlines, but Seabrook's talent gives the Blackhawks one of the best defensive duos in the NHL. Last season, Seabrook registered his second-highest number of points (41) in a full-regular season. There is no doubt that Seabrook can match last season and is a steady, top-30 fantasy blueliner.
Just like Duncan Keith, Seabrook had one high-scoring season that's now looking more like the exception than the rule. His 48 points in 2010-11 might be repeatable, but he's much more likely to deliver 30 to 32 points, 200-plus hits and at least 150 blocked shots. Draft him for that and not the 2010-11 numbers. You'll only be disappointed, at least from a fantasy perspective.
Seabrook's offensive numbers might have been down last season, but overall, he played very well (plus-21) considering the overall struggles of the Blackhawks defense. In addition, he led the Hawks in blocked shots with 165 and was one of the top NHL players in that category. And he was also in top 10 in the league in hits with 198. He's a big, two-way defender who will give you 35 points, 200 hits and 150 blocked shots in any given year. Bump up the points if he gets more power-play opportunities.
While defensive teammate Duncan Keith took a dip in his numbers last year, Seabrook had the best season of his career with nine goals and 39 assists. For the third time in the last four seasons, he played every game. The Blackhawks will look for consistent scoring in 2011-12, and the hope is that Seabrook can replicate the aforementioned totals from the blue line en route to healthy win totals.
Seabrook is part of one of the best defensive quartets in the league along with Duncan Keith, Brian Campbell and Niklas Hjalmarsson. He has shown steady output and his numbers were up slightly with four goals and 26 assists compared to the 2008-09 season. His plus/minus for the 2009-10 was slightly down, but still good at plus-20 (plus-23 in 2008-09).
The 24-year-old Seabrook had eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points and a plus-23 last season. Seabrook moves the puck well and should continue to see an increase in his output. He along with Duncan Keith are two of the up-and-coming blue linesmen in the NHL.
Seabrook was the Blackhawks top rearguard last season, scoring nine goals and adding 23 assists in 82 games. He figures to take a backseat to Brian Campbell this season, but should still see significant minutes on the power play. Duncan Keith should still be his linemate and Seabrook should have no problem repeating last year's success.
Seabrook is becoming one of the top defensive risers in the league. For fantasy owners, he still needs to increase his offensive numbers. In 2006-07, he only tallied four goals and 20 assists -- slightly down from the previous season. For this season, those numbers figure to rise with the improvement of fellow defensemen Duncan Keith and Cam Barker, as Seabrook won't be the only scoring threat from the Chicago blue line.
One of the better rookie defensemen last season and should only getter better in 2006-07. Tallied 32 points last season with a plus-5 rating, one of only five Hawks to have a plus rating at the end of the year. His 27 assists was only second to Kyle Calder for the team lead.
Seabrook still needs plenty of seasoning at age 20, after being drafted in the first round (14th overall) in the 2003 draft. He had a very good season in the WHL in 04-05 with a plus-25 and 42 assists.