Hawks player reviews: Brent Seabrook

June, 20, 2014
Powers By Scott Powers
Brent SeabrookAP Photo/Nam Y. HuhBrent Seabrook had 41 points during the regular season, the second-most in his career.

Brent Seabrook, Defenseman

2013-14 cap hit: $5,800,000| Age: 29 | Season stats: 7 goals, 34 assists, plus-23

Season recap: Seabrook went through some ups and downs like most of the Blackhawks' defensemen this season. He had some good months early, but his play didn't remain at that level and was inconsistent in the playoffs. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville broke up Seabrook and Duncan Keith as a defensive pairing in the Western Conference finals.

Season highlight: Seabrook played some of his better hockey early in the season. He had 21 points and was a plus-20 in November and December.

Season lowlight: Seabrook was suspended three games for a hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes during the first round.

Final grade: B.

Inside the numbers: Seabrook was on the ice for 15 goals for and 15 goals against in 5-on-5 situations in the playoffs, according to extraskater.com. He ranked fourth on the team in goals for and third in goals against.

Notes: Seabrook's 41 regular-season points were the second most of his career. He had 48 points during the 2010-11 season.

Quotes: "I think it was a good year, all in all," Seabrook said after the season. "I think it's obviously not where we want to be today. We think we had a chance to win again, and we were right there. So I don't think as far as changes go, I don't think we need many. I think the guys have that taste in their mouth, that they want to get back to where we were last year, and I'm assuming everyone's going to go home and have a good summer and get refreshed and refocused for another long year next year. That's our goal every year, is to be there at the end. It starts now."

What's next: Seabrook continues to be in the Blackhawks' long-term plans. He has three more years remaining on his contract. He and Keith are expected to be paired again next season.
Scott Powers is the Blackhawks beat reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.



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