The Stanley Cup Final is well underway as it appears that the Red Wings are looking like they will repeat as Stanley Cup champions once again. We still have some unfinished business to take care of, so we’ll do a quick assessment of the Blackhawk players with fantasy significance and take a look at what could be in store for them next season.
Martin Havlat – The oft-injured band-aid boy certainly debunked his moniker this season as he managed to participate in all but two games this season. He finished off the post-season with 15 points in 16 playoff games and was certainly instrumental for the Blackhawks in their playoff run this season. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, but is currently entrenched in strong negotiations with Chicago GM Dave Tallon for a contract extension. My prediction is that he re-signs with Chicago at around the $5- $5.5 million per season and once again flirts with the point-per-game mark.
Brent Seabrook – Seabrook is certainly deserving of the five stars that I awarded him for these playoffs as he was a monster while averaging 26 minutes of ice-time in 17 playoff contests for the Blackhawks. He also led the team in power-play ice time while picking up 3:28 per contest on the man advantage. Seabrook is a bit of a tweener, meaning that he’s more of a stay-at-home defenseman, but does have offensive capabilities when he is called upon. Being paired up with Duncan Keith, the duo has certainly established themselves as one of the best shut down pairings in the league. With a solid performance this post-season this year, look for him to tally close to 40 points next year.
Patrick Kane – Kane finished the post-season with a team-high nine goals in 14 playoff contests. He also led all players, who had 20 SOG or more, in shooting percentage while connecting at a blistering rate of 26.5 percent. The only real blemish that Kane had on his record was his poor minus nine rating. With another season of experience under his belt, look for his overall minus 11 rating to improve next season while making a run at his first point-per-game season of his career.
Jonathan Toews – Toews had a terrific post-season as he finished with a team high 43 SOG. He averaged 2.38 SOG per contest during the regular season, but upped that to 2.53 during these playoffs. Toews does have a