Where does a player as decorated as Duncan Keith go at this point in his career? He’s not ready to hang it up, but his best is behind him with the Chicago Blackhawks.
As far as Blackhawks defenseman go, Duncan Keith will always be at the top of the list when looking at the franchise’s blue line. That’s quite a legacy for a player that is still playing and looking to add hardware to his trophy room.
At 37-years-old, Keith has passed his peak as a player, but what a lofty peak it’s been for him and the Chicago Blackhawks. Regardless, he’s still an NHL caliber player, and likely could be into his 40’s. He wants to play, and he shows up to compete, game after game. It’s not common anymore, but Keith could very realistic play an extremely long career in Chicago.
By anyone’s definition, Keith’s stats are incredible. If he were to retire tomorrow he’d almost certainly be in the hall of fame as soon as it was possible. Keith has become one of those players everyone hopes can add more to their legacy before they bow out. Fortunately, he will.
Keith has been awarded two Norris Trophies, which is quite an accomplishment, but his point production isn’t what has made him the player that he is. He drives play in a way that few have been able to. Granted, his possession metrics ebb and flow over the years, likely with the quality of the team around him.
How does a player that is this talented build on past success? What other achievements are left at this point for Keith? Here are possible ideas for Chicago’s legend-in-the-making in 2020-2021.