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Seabrook feels ‘like I can reach’ Norris candidate status

Dec 17, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

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While Brent Seabrook‘s career has been plenty decorated — Olympic gold, two Stanley Cups — the Chicago defenseman feels a big individual award could be in his future: The Norris Trophy.

“I feel like I can reach that point, but that’s for [the media] to decide,” Seabrook told the Chicago Tribune about being a candidate for the Norris, given annually to the league’s best defenseman.

“I’m just playing the game and trying to help the Blackhawks win.”

The 28-year-old is in the midst of a stellar campaign, racking up 23 points through 36 games — putting him on pace for a career-high 52 points. He sits fifth among NHL defensemen in scoring and is tied for first with a plus-18 rating, leading the Blackhawks in hits (90) while sitting second in blocked shots (61).

Great numbers to be sure, but there’s one big hurdle standing in the way of Seabrook’s potential Norris candidacy — his frequent defensive partner, Duncan Keith.

Keith is among the NHL’s elite blueliners, having captured the Norris in 2009-10 and finishing sixth in voting last season. This year, the 30-year-old is having another banner campaign, leading all NHL defensemen in assists (with 28) while ranking second in points, with 30, trailing leader Erik Karlsson by just one heading into Tuesday’s action.

Keith has high praise for Seabrook, explaining that, at least within the confines of Chicago’s room, No. 7 is recognized as a key cog to the team’s success.

“I know in the dressing room he gets the credit,” Keith said. “I don’t really know what gets said outside our room a whole lot, but he’s always been one of the key members of this team with winning two Stanley Cups.”

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    And the good news is for the Hawks is that not only do they have two potential Norris candidates, they have two potential Silke candidates 9Toews and Hossa), plus Kane for the Hart.

  2. kingcobraman - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    yes you get good quality 3out4 were great draft picks for living in the basement all those years, will see if Edmonton has the same success…

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Aw, backhanded compliments are the best kind.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 17, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      So true, hawks fans are so arrogant but they forget why they are good. It’s because they were so bad for so long ! Remember that hawks fans,

      • 19to77 - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        And now they’re the best team in the NHL. Somehow, I don’t think they mind.

  3. hosewater2 - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Sorry Brent, rules have changed, now you need to get alot of points and be a total defensive liability to win the Norris.

  4. hammerhead5573 - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    The Oilers lack any type of grit or consistency to make a deep run at anything. I actually like them, but they disappoint more often than not. I know this won’t sit well with some but Toews and Kane did not win the cup on their own. Their was so many other pieces around them that made it possible. Madden, Kopi, Eager etc. put those guys on a team and you will likely get nothing, put them on a team with talented players and you got something, which was proven.

  5. mattyg89 - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I agree with Hosewater. It’s a shame the Norris goes to the defenseman with the most points. It should factor in points, shot blocks, hits, takeaways, giveaways, +\-, all things that are important to a teams success. Well minutes the individual +\-

  6. hammerhead5573 - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    @ethanmacleod, you are the example of an idiot. What do you personally know about anyone who posts on PHT? Go back to being unimportant to anyone but yourself.

  7. blackhawks2010 - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Seabs is a top 5 Blueliner in the NHL, problem is he gets overshadowed by playing with Keith. Keith is having another career year, front runner for the Norris, hands down.

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