Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has earned a lot of praise this postseason and rightfully so. He’s the top defenseman on a team three wins away from winning its third Stanley Cup in six years and has been playing a ridiculous number of minutes.
Not only is praise raining down on Keith from Blackhawks fans and media, NHL Hall of Famers are also quite impressed.
“I don’t know how it couldn’t be looked at that way,” Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch told NHL.com. “From the eye test. From watching him on the ice. His age. And then you bring up the individual and team awards, I’m not sure how you’d be able to keep him out.”
At the age of 31, Keith could win his third Stanley Cup to go along with his two Olympic gold medals and his two Norris Trophy awards, given to the NHL’s best defenseman. He may also add the Conn Smythe (playoff MVP) to his trophy case in less than two weeks.
“I would say winning will follow him more now because he’s had success,” Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. “He has a good knowledge of what it takes to have success and how he can contribute to that. It makes him a pretty darn special player to have on your team.”
Keith is not focused on his legacy as much as he is on winning right now.
“I’m in the moment and I’m trying to compete as hard as I can to help this team win,” Keith said. “There will be lots of time after the season or when my career is over to look at those type of things. It’s always been my goal to play my best and help this team win. That’s what I’m trying to do now.”