January 9, 2017
There is no doubt that Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will have a spot waiting for him in the Hockey Hall of Fame after he calls it a career. The 2002 second-round draft pick has won three Stanley Cups, two Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy and two Olympic gold medals so far in his career.
He is also becoming one of the most productive defenseman in Blackhawks franchise history. Keith picked up his 28th assist of the season by setting up Niklas Hjalmarsson’s career-high fifth goal of the season against the Nashville Predators on Sunday night.
The assist tied him with Chris Chelios for third place among defensemen in Blackhawks history with 487 points. He is currently second all-time with 402 assists. There is little doubt that Keith will catch Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray for second place at 514 points. He still has some work to catch San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson for being the highest scoring defenseman in Blackhawks history at 779 points.
Currently Keith is second in assists among defensemen, only trailing Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning who has 30 helpers. Since Keith’s rookie season of 2005-06 he leads all defensemen with 487 points, Shea Weber is second with 469 points and his teammate Brian Campbell is third with 457 points.