Chicago Blackhawks: This is the perfect lineup for the 2020-21 season

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Chicago Blackhawks Brent Seabrook
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Defense Pair Three

de Haan-Seabrook

Brent Seabrook is one of the greatest players in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks. Don’t be surprised if they retire his number seven one day because he was so good. It is rare to have one top-20 defenseman in the NHL but the Hawks had two for a long time. We all know how good Duncan Keith was but Brent Seabrook was a perfect number two below him in his prime. Keith and Seabrook formed one of the great pairs in franchise history for a long time.

In his prime, Seabrook was a Team Canada guy that also was a huge part in the Chicago Blackhawks winning three Stanley Cups in six years. He has also been a participant in the All-Star Game along with three top-20 finishes for the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL. The issue now is that Seabrook is well past his prime and can even be a liability at times.

It isn’t fun to watch at times but he is a shell of his old self on most nights. He can still bring a big shot on the power play but that is about it. That is why having Calvin de Haan on the third pair with him probably makes the most sense. Seabrook will always play as long as he is healthy because of his contract so keeping de Haan with him really might help. de Haan probably doesn’t deserve to be a third pair guy but it fits the best on this team if you are trying to make the perfect lineup.