Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defensemanDuncan Keith
(2) during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
With the announcement this week for the Hockey Hall of Fame many people have made lists of players or coaches that deserve to be in the Hall of Fame with Pat Burns being the biggest name discussed.
The Sporting News made a list of current players that are on their way to the Hall of Fame and while I expected to see some other names of current Blackhawks that didn’t appear, yet I was kind of surprised to see Duncan Keith’s name appear. So here is the list of current Blackhawks on their way or on the right path to the Hall of Fame.
1. Marian Hossa– 2 time Stanley Cup winner while appearing in 4 Finals. Hossa has played over 1,ooo games with 434 goals 501 assists and a very impressive +183 with 70 game winning goals. Hossa isn’t the most prolific goal scorer but he’s one of the top 5 two-way players of his generation while putting up good statistics every season. Getting past the 500 goals scores plateau if he stays healthy in a couple years will be the icing on the cake.
2. Jonathan Toews– 2 time Stanley Cup champion captain, Conn Smythe Trophy, Selke Trophy, Gold Medal Olympics Winner. Toews has played in 408 games collecting 167 goals and 205 assists while the 2013 Selke Award winner is already at +115 6 years into his career. Toews like Hossa is a tremendous two-way player with super leadership skills while taking all the big face offs and making plays in the biggest of stages like in Game #6 setting up Bryan Bickell for the tying goal. Toews is on the path with Cups, Awards, and medals the only worrisome thing with Toews is the concussion history. If he stays healthy he’s on the path.
3. Patrick Kane– 2 time Stanley Cup Champion, Conn Smythe Trophy Winner, Calder Trophy Winner, Silver Medal Olympics Winner. Kane has played in 448 games scoring 148 goals 275 assists +34 with 24 game winning goals. Kane has scored two of the best overtime winning goals in Blackhawks history. Kane is mostly thought of as a scorer but he is a tremendous passer that is closing in on 300 assists. Kane’s path to the Hall will need a lot more points, but his clutch moments have him on the right path and all of this at the age of 24.
4. Duncan Keith– 2 time Stanley Cup Champion, Norris Trophy Winner, Gold Medal Olympics Winner. Keith is the best defenseman to play for the Blackhawks since current inductee Chris Chelios. Keith has played in 607 games getting 59 goals and 250 assists and a +103. Keith year in and year out logs the most ice time while maintaining a high level of play. His play slipped a little after the 2010 Stanley Cup but returned to a very high level this season. Keith is in the middle of his prime and is borderline Hall worthy right now, but the road could be paved to the Hall with more great season.
What do you think? Who’s Hall worthy on the todays Blackhawks?