blackhawks breakdown about Hawks' dmen.It doesn't look optimistic ...
Keith turns 34 in a couple weeks and is starting to decline defensively. This past offseason he was near replacement level in terms of even strength defense, however he was still able to provide good offense. Taking Hjalmarsson away from him will really diminish the defensive ability of Chicago’s “shutdown pairing”. At this point in Keith’s career, it would be a good time to transition him to more easier minutes. That won’t be possible with the defensemen they currently have though.
32-years-old, and as Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet recently said, the contract that ended the Blackhawks dynasty. Seabrook still provides some offensive upside at even strength and on the power play, but his defensive game is horrendous unless he’s facing the weakest competition. He can challenge opposing skaters at the blue line, but then the opponents blow right by him. He isn’t quick enough to get to lose pucks. Even his physical game looks diminished as it seems like he doesn’t have the balance anymore to throw his weight around. Even his offensive game isn’t that impressive anymore. At even strength this past season he recorded one goal and five primary assists according to DataRink.com
24-years-old and probably at his peak right now and shouldn’t improve that much over the next five seasons. He’s a big body that provides replacement level offense but has some upside defensively. Overall his numbers aren’t too impressive relative to his teammates. Even on a team as bad as Arizona, a top-4 impact defensemen should have been more impressive.Murphy is probably a bigger Trevor Van Riemsdyk. TVR put up better numbers, but if we give Murphy a slight boost going from Arizona to Chicago, they would probably look pretty similar. Obviously Murphy is bigger and more physical, but the overall production and talent level would be similar in my opinion.
To me, best case scenario is Murphy becomes a solid 4th defensemen level talent with Chicago. Worst case scenario is he stays a good 3rd pairing, 5th defensemen level talent. As much as people liked to **** on Van Riemsdyk, TVR was right in this mix. He was slightly better than the average 5th defensemen, but not quite as good as the average 4th defensemen.I’d expect Murphy to fill in as the Johnny Oduya or Trevor Van Riemsdyk of the Blackhawks for the next 5-seasons, if he isn’t traded.
Just turned 21, and he lit up the AHL last season posting good offensive numbers on a pretty bad team. I have high expectations for Forsling and also believe he can become a high impact, top-4 defensemen in the NHL that Chicago desperately needs.
He’s a 26-years-old okay 3rd pairing defensemen. He’s aggressive in the offensive zone with a highly effective pinching ability that keeps pucks in the fun zone. However, he isn’t much of a playmaker or passer. He isn’t that great defensively either. Even though Chicago dominated in shots with him on the ice, opponents outscored Chicago with Kempny out there. Even though he can keep the puck in the offensive zone, he probably isn’t good enough defensively to have Chicago see much benefit from winning the shot battle.It’s his second season in the States, so maybe he can become a competent 3rd pairing contributor this season.
26-years-old and put up good numbers in the Czech league. He probably isn’t much more than a depth defensemen. Best case scenario is he becomes a solid 3rd pair guy. Right hand shot which is a plus.
I just want to see this guy play in the NHL somewhere. He had the highest assist rate out of all NHL defensemen to play at least 500 minutes at even strength in 2015-16. He’s the type of offensive, mobile, puck moving defensemen that Chicago could use. He’s currently an RFA, so I don’t know what’s going to happen to him. I just hope he gets a shot somewhere to see if his stellar 2015-16 season was real or a fluke. He deserves the opportunity though.
He’s 23-years-old and hasn’t cracked the NHL yet. He is getting close to his peak already and isn’t even an NHL caliber defensemen. Best case scenario is he can become a solid third pairing guy at this point.