The Chicago Blackhawks defense has looked like a shell of it's former self over the last two years.
Last season Brent Seabrook was made a healthy scratch and Duncan Keith looked tired while only being able to register two goals, his lowest total since the 2006-07 season.
The Hawks gave up Trevor van Riemsdyk and Niklas Hjalmarsson and were hoping that Connor Murphy could step up in a big way, some will argue that never happened.
While Murphy should look more comfortable in his second season with the Hawks, the team will be looking at newly signed Brandon Manning to make a big impact on the blueline.
“They want me to just be who I am, and that’s a physical, go-out-and-compete-every-night type of guy,” Manning said. “And I think if I can do that, I can help out the other guys and show them how hard I compete and that I want to be here to win and help the team.
“The biggest thing is probably the edge I play with because of my physical game. If I can bring some of that, then the rest of the guys can kind of feed off that.”
Lacking physicality on the blueline was a huge problem last year, hopefully Manning changes that.