Defense wins championships, and as with the Hawks' core, not many have as good of a top-six defensive unit as the Blackhawks.
Duncan Keith will again be a Norris candidate.
Brent Seabrook is coming off his best season statistically.
Steve Montador plays terrific angles, good offensive instincts and is a better natural defenseman than Brian Campbell.
Niklas Hjalmarsson continues to be one of the most underrated players in the league and will contribute more offensively this season.
It is clear that Nick Leddy is much improved and will be much more of a factor.
Sean O'Donnell gives the Hawks the veteran leadership they need and is a fine option as your sixth defenseman.