Keith Seabrook, the younger brother of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (14th overall 2003 NHL Entry Draft), played the 2005-06 season as a member of the Burnaby Express of the BCHL. After a slow start to the season, Seabrook came on late in the year, and emerged as one of the team’s best defenders. In 57 games, Seabrook registered 10 goals and 24 assists, and finished the year with a total of 81 PIMs.
Seabrook also had an impressive post-season as well, and was one Burnaby’s key players during the team’s Doyle Cup championship run. He finished the playoffs as the leagues highest scoring defender, registering 9 goals and 10 assists in 20 postseason games.
Drafted: 2nd round (52nd overall), 2006 by WAS
2006-07: Though only a freshman, Keith has had a respectable season with the University of Denver, and has already begun to make a name for himself in the NCAA. With two goals and 11 assists in 37 games, Seabrook has shown only moderate production at the NCAA level. But considering he was a true freshman at only 18 years old, it shows only the tip of the iceberg.
2007-08: Seabrook was a teammate of Karl Alzner’s in Calgary (WHL). In 59 games, the defenseman finished with a +4 rating as a WHL rookie.
2008-09: Seabrook played his second and final season with the Calgary Hitmen. In 64 games, he tallied 15 goals and added 40 assists for 55 points. In 18 playoff games for the Hitmen, he scored 4 goals and picked up 11 assists. The Calgary Flames acquired Seabrook from Washington for future considerations in July 2009.
2009-10: Seabrook spent his first season in pro hockey with the Abbotsford Heat (AHL). In 78 games he scored 10 goals with 18 assists and was -5 with 53 PMs. Seabrook scored 7 of his 10 goals for the Heat on the power play. Abbottsford finished third in the AHL's North Division and advanced to the second round in the playoffs. In 12 playoff games, Seabrook had 2 goals with 1 assist and was +2 with 30 PMs.
2010-11: Seabrook had an eventful season in his second year with the Calgary organization. Seabrook started the season with a prominent role for AHL Abbotsford but after missing time to injury and then some inconsistency in his game he saw that role diminished. With the Heat in need of center help, Seabrook was loaned to division rival Manitoba for the last 15 games of the season and the playoffs. In 48 games with the Heat, he had the second-most points amongst defensemen; scoring 4 goals with 16 assists but was -6 with 18 PMs. Seabrook was -2 in 15 games with Manitoba while scoring 1 goal with 2 assists. In ten playoff games with the Moose he scored 2 goals, both on the power play, and had 1 assist with a -3 plus/minus. Seabrook was acquired from Calgary by the Panthers in July 2011 in exchange for defenseman Jordan Henry.
Since leaving junior hockey and entering the professional ranks, Seabrook’s offensive contributions have dwindled significantly, primarily due to diminished playing time resulting from his defensive shortcomings. He is an offensive-defenseman used primarily as a powerplay quarterback. He is a good passer and has a good shot, but his defensive play pays the price and has not developed in a way that will help him earn a spot at the upper levels.
The Panthers acquired Seabrook via trade with Calgary, and will assign him to their AHL affiliate in San Antonio. If Seabrook can work on his defense to a level where he will not be a liability when on the ice, he could eventually find a spot as a powerplay specialist. Until then, he will remain in the minor leagues.