The Chicago Blackhawks may be getting a significant boost in their attempt to compete in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
As recently as a month ago all reports coming out of Chicago suggested that there simply was no way that veteran defenseman Brent Seabrook would be ready to go for the upcoming 24 team tournament that will begin when the National Hockey League initiates its return to play, but as we are drawing closer to that tournament taking place it sounds like things may be changing. To be clear there has been no official change as far as the Blackhawks themselves are concerned, but one Blackhawks insider is reporting that we may indeed see Seabrook make his return much sooner than anticipated.
According to a breaking news report from Scott Powers of The Athletic, sources have informed him that Seabrook does indeed intend to play if the 2019 - 2020 NHL season is resumed as expected. It sounds right now like there is still work for Seabrook to do on his road to recovery, the veteran defenseman has after all not yet been cleared for contact by medical personnel, but he is already back out on the ice and has been skating. Although Seabrook has not been cleared the belief is that he is on track to be ready for July 13th when NHL training camps are now expected to kick off.
I have no doubt that the news will be received by mixed reactions from fans of the team given just how much Seabrook's performance had declined prior to him going under the knife for corrective surgery. You have to keep in mind though that there is no doubt the injuries severely hampered his performance, so we could very well see a rejuvenated and reinvigorated Brent Seabrook when he does inevitably make his return. Fans with concerns should also take comfort in the fact that Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton has already demonstrated that he will make the tough calls when necessary, having previously made Seabrook a healthy scratch during the regular season. In fact many suspect that it was that decision from Colliton that led Seabrook to evaluate his health and opt to have the surgery in December.