This is where the real fun begins for me in our countdown list. The last time I did the list, Keith didn’t hit the Top 10 but now he’s in the Top 6 of Greatest Chicago Blackhawks of All-time.
Duncan Keith was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2nd round of the 2002 NHL draft, and 15 years later he’s the greatest defenseman to ever wear the Chicago Blackhawks jersey in my opinion.
Keith never was a fighter but he has a very evil mean streak in him, and yet he’s one of those guys that can just out work you night in and night out. He has a motor that literally never stop running.
In the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he seemed to be on the ice for half the game which he pretty much was when Joel Quenneville decided to basically go with a four man rotation on defense. It was Keith logging all the big time minutes, and in the end not only skated away with the Stanley Cup, but with the Conn Smythe Trophy.
To me it was fitting that he scored the Game Winning goal in Game #6 of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Keith has been voted as the NHL’s best defenseman twice in his career following the 2010 and 2014 seasons. It’s not because he fills up the scoresheet even though he does have his fair share of assists as being a very good defenseman to get the Hawks offense started.
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It’s because he’s able to log incredible amount of minutes, and still be able to use his legs to beat the offensive player to the spot they are trying to get to while be very good at the poke check.
Keith for most of his career was teamed up with Brent Seabrook and they made a never nice pairing of good puck moving defenseman that also were good at getting pucks to the net from the point.
Keith has been the key defensive player for 3 Stanley Cup Championships and with his 2 Norris Trophies and Conn Smythe trophy has all but secured a spot eventually in the hockey hall of fame.
The question is do these core Hawks have at least one more Stanley Cup run in them? It sure will be fun to watch as it’s been fun watching Keith’s fantastic career in Chicago!
Only 6 days left until the season begins!