As impressive as the Chicago Blackhawks were collectively in 2013, not everyone was a star during the regular season. In fact, one of the bigger disappointments for this club was Brent Seabrook, who struggled for much of the regular season before putting it together in the playoffs.
In terms of his actual numbers, they weren’t that far off track from his career norms. In the shortened season, Seabrook posted a solid 20 points, including eight goals. The eight goals had him just one shy of his career high, while the 20 points wouldn’t have done so in a full season, but had him right in line with his career averages.
From that point of view, it was a solid season for Seabrook. But he did have his fair share of struggles in finding consistency throughout the season, particularly in his own end. Much of that could likely be attributed to the fact that he didn’t play anywhere during the lockout, which is why he finally began rounding into form during the playoffs.
Seabrook led the team in giveaways during the regular season, with 40. While he finished second among Blackhawks defensemen in ice time, as he typically does, he did see his ice time dwindle a bit as the season wore on, at least until he found his rhythm when spring rolled around.
The playoffs were a different story entirely for Seabrook. After a rough start to the postseason, he returned to that high level that is expected of him after the Detroit series. Perhaps that Game 7 goal in the Western Conference Semis was the turning point. Or maybe it was just the matter of not playing anywhere during the lockout.
Coming off of a strong postseason, and back into the routine, Seabrook should rebound nicely in the 2013-14 regular season. He’s one of the most underrated defenders in the game, and while he’s not quite elite, he’s right there with some of the best in the game. This season should see him return to that level, and potentially grab a spot in Sochi next February.