Five reasons why Brent Seabrook is a better fantasy hockey own than Johnny Boychuk…
It’s back to defensemen this week, focusing on two key multi-cat contributors in Brent Seabrook and Johnny Boychuk. Is Boychuk’s 2014-15 production sustainable? Can Seabrook continue to put up points once Duncan Keith returns?
Career Path and Contract Status/Cap Implications
Seabrook was a first round selection (14th overall) in the stacked 2003 entry draft, and lit up the WHL before landing with the Blackhawks to stay as a 20 year old. Seabrook’s production was consistent but unspectacular (24-32 points) in each of his first four seasons, while the likes of Duncan Keith, Dustin Byfuglien, James Wisniewski, Brian Campbell, and even – for one season – Cam Barker, piled up points from Chicago’s blueline. But Seabrook put himself solidly on the fantasy map with his 48 point 2010-11 campaign, only to regress in 2011-12 to a more familiar 34 points. And although he climbed back above 40 points in 2013-14, he dipped to 31 last season.
Boychuk was selected 61st overall by the Avs a year earlier than Seabrook. Whereas Seabrook played only three career AHL games, Boychuk toiled there for a staggering 374 contests. But after being dealt to the Bruins, Boychuk posted 66 points in 78 AHL games, earning him a spot with Boston, where, in five campaigns, he only once posted more than 16 points in the regular season despite scoring at just under a 30 point full season pace in 79 playoff contests. After being traded to the Islanders during the 2014 offseason in a cap crunch deal, Boychuk exploded for 35 points in just 72 games, awakening poolies in the