|Keith Seabrook – Defense |
Born: Aug. 2, 1988, Delta, British Columbia
International Scouting Services: N/A
Red Line Report: #95
Not ranked among the 210 North American skaters listed by the Central Scouting Bureau nor the 250 players ranked by the International Scouting Service, Seabrook was nevertheless taken in the second round of the 2006 draft by Washington.
The Caps exercised the third (52nd overall) of their three second-round choices to select Seabrook, the younger brother of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, chosen in the first round (14th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Seabrook came on late in the season and in the postseason of 2005-06. Red Line Report listed him as one of its “Mid-round sleepers worth a look,” saying, “If you can teach him to play in his own zone, you’ve got a player. Huge offensive upside.”
Seabrook features a right-handed point shot, a feature NHL teams are always in the market for. His hat trick helped pace his BCHL team – the Burnaby Express – to a Doyle Cup victory. The Express went on to win the BCHL championship, the Royal Bank Cup. Seabrook has accepted a scholarship at Denver University and will begin playing there in the fall.
What Others Are Saying:
Red Line Report:
Brent’s little brother finally started to put it all together in the BCHL this season, and was the key player in Burnaby’s Royal Bank Cup Championship season. Pure offensive defenseman who loves to blast away from the point. Hard, heavy shot and has uncanny ability to get it through heavy traffic. Can hit the corners of the net from the blueline. Always quick and decisive with the puck. Firm, crisp passes and can get the rush started with a precise first pass or by carrying the puck. He’s an adventure in the defensive zone and will really have to work on that part of his game. Plays with a bit of a physical edge, but lacks the size to be effective.
Projection: #6 defenseman and PP specialist
Style compares to: Chris Campoli
Burnaby Express head coach and former NHL defenseman Rick Lanz, who spent seven seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, on Seabrook (quote from www.insidecollegehockey.com):
“His developmental curve is quite steep and he has a real sense for the game. He’s a very intelligent young man who has all the skills in place. He sees the game well and he passes about as well as most pros I’ve seen. He needs to improve on his all-around game maturity, but that will come with time and experience.”
|Year ||Team ||League ||GP ||G ||A ||PTS ||PIM |
|2004-05 ||Coquitlam Express ||BCHL ||58 ||8 ||20 ||28 ||70 |