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NHL Network ranks Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook top 15 defensemen

The Blackhawks' top pairing still commands a lot of respect.

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August means summer, and summer means no hockey, and no hockey means it's time to find other ways to talk about hockey. To cope with the off-season, NHL Network has turned to counting down players - and once again, two members of the Chicago Blackhawks find themselves on the list.

Last week, NHL Network went with forwards, showing Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews a lot of love. This week, it's defensemen.

Brent Seabrook came in at number 13 on NHL Network's Top 20 list, while Duncan Keith found himself all the way up at number four, with just Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson, and Brent Burns above him - aka the three Norris Trophy nominees for the 2015-16 season.

Fair enough, but Keith is already a two-time Norris winner. Hey, maybe next year, right? Seabrook has been great as his partner, but Keith has just been beyond incredible for the Blackhawks - not to mention, well, tough - and it doesn't look like he's slowing down any time soon.