|Seabrook continued demonstrating his growth in 2011-12, posting a career-low 22 PIM and tying a career high with nine goals.
Since breaking into the Blackhawks lineup during the 2005-06 campaign, Brent Seabrook
has improved steadily from year to year, displaying the well-rounded and responsible defensive game that he is known for today. Here’s a breakdown of Seabrook’s most impressive numbers from the 2011-12 season.
NHL defenseman other than Seabrook to record 150 hits, 150 blocked shots and 150 shots on goal in 2011-12. Seabrook registered 198 hits, a team-high 165 blocked shots and a career-high 156 shots in 78 regular-season tilts; the only other blueliner in the league to reach all three plateaus was Boston's Dennis Seidenberg.
Seabrook’s Quality of Competition this season (per Behind the Net), the highest among all Blackhawks. QoC is a statistic that calculates the average shot differential of all opposing players, weighted by head-to-head ice time and adjusted for team strength. Night in and night out, Seabrook was tasked with shutting down the opposing team's best offensive threats, and he started in his own zone in just over half of his shifts (50.2 percent), pacing team defensemen in that category as well.
Consecutive seasons in which Seabrook has recorded 30 or more points. He recorded 34 points (9G, 25A) in 2011-12; his nine goals tied a career mark and led all Blackhawks defensemen. Seabrook also led all Blackhawks blueliners with a career-high three game-winning goals.
Points as well as plus/minus rating logged in March (4G, 5A), Seabrook's best output of the season. Included in his impressive March run is a season-long five-game point streak from March 11-20, in which he netted two goals and three assists. Seabrook demonstrated a knack for clutch scoring down the final stretch of the regular season, as three of his four tallies that month were either game-tying goals or game-winners in the third period.
Seconds left in regulation when Seabrook scored the equalizer in Game 1 of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Phoenix Coyotes to force overtime.
Plus/minus rating, shared eighth among NHL defensemen and ranked second on the Blackhawks overall, and the second-best season rating of Seabrook's career (he recorded a +23 in the 2008-09 campaign).
Penalty minutes served by Seabrook in 2011-12, a career low. Since logging a career-most 104 PIM in 2006-07, Seabrook’s penalty minutes have steadily decreased over the last five seasons, indicating his steady maturation into an even more responsible defenseman.
Average ice time per game, a career high and second highest on the club after defense partner Duncan Keith. In addition to logging a team-high 2:28 on the penalty kill and 2:15 on the power play per game, Seabrook averaged a career-high 20:00 per game at even strength, demonstrating his ability to shoulder a highly demanding workload.
Assists in a Blackhawks uniform, situating him at No. 36 on the all-time Blackhawks assists leader board and eighth among franchise defensemen. Seabrook's 226 career points place him 10th all-time among blueliners, leapfrogging the likes of Moose Vasko and Doug Jarrett this season.
Games played in a Blackhawks uniform, currently ranking 28th in franchise history. Since his rookie season, Seabrook has never missed more than four-regular season games each year, making him one of the most dependable presences on the blue line.