The scouts talk about Coburn, Phaneuf, Ezhov, Stuart and Suter but one name who remains absent from this list of elite blueline prospects is Seabrook. Brent Seabrook from the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The 6’4 221-pound defenseman currently sits 3rd in Canes scoring with 33 points. Seabrook is outscoring his WHL counterparts Coburn and Phaneuf by at least 10 points in each case. Scouts will say his defensive game is not as complete as the other North American d-men available in this years draft, those scouts would be wrong.
Seabrook is a rock in the Canes zone this year playing very physical along the boards and in front of the net. While he has the ability to make an extra move to get the puck out of the zone he always makes the smart play and pounds it out off the boards. He goes unrecognized on defense due to minimal miscues and turnovers. He is the Canes #1 defender on the penalty kill and the power-play something you don’t see very often in this era of the power-play quarterback. Seabrook is a key on the Canes power play thanks to his ability to move and distribute the puck.
Seabrooke was on top of his game tonight as the Canes captain showed his leadership and clutch play by scoring the overtime winner against the Medicine Hat Tigers. It was Seabrook’s second goal of the game, his first came on the power-play in the opening frame. Tonight’s game proved to everyone he has the ability to take over a contest.
Seabrook is the complete package for a team looking to increase depth on the blueline thanks to his versatility. He has all the tools to go in the first round this June. 2003 is a deep draft and that may lead to this sure-fire NHLer falling into the second round which will make a team like Atlanta or Calgary very happy with their second round pick. Until he moves onto the NHL Seabrook will continue to play his POWER game at the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge.