Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is getting up there at 36 years old and he has his best days behind him, but he can still be a valuable contributor to the club. Keith has been a consistent staple on the Blackhawks’ blue line for his entire 14-year career, but especially over the past few seasons. Duncan Keith’s odds to win the Norris Trophy are going to be a strong bet this season.
Keith is the definition of an ironman. The Blackhawks defenseman has played in all 82 games in each of the past two seasons, while missing just two games in the year before that.
He has missed just 37 games in his 14 years in the NHL, playing in 1077 of 1,114 possible regular season games. Add on a few deep playoff runs, including three Stanley Cups, and it comes up to 126 total playoff games in his career. Keith has been a horse.
Keith has been rewarded for his consistent strong play with the aforementioned three Stanley Cups as well as two Norris Trophies. He finished in the top four in Norris Trophy voting as recently as 2017, but has not been among the top choices of the voters in the past two years.
Keith has undoubtedly taken a step back from when he won his first Norris Trophy (and also his first Stanley Cup) in 2010, and then again when he won the Norris Trophy in 2014. In those two seasons, he put up more than 60 points (69 in 2009-10, 61 in 2013-14), including a career-high in points and goals (14) in 2009-10.
He is no longer what he once was, but a strong season from the Blackhawks with Keith on the blue line could put him into the conversation for the Norris Trophy. He put up 40 points last season on a struggling team, and if he gets some power play time and can put up points there, he’ll have an outside chance at the Norris.
Duncan Keith won’t be among the favorites for the Norris Trophy, or even among some of the more realistic long shots, but it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility that he’ll bring home his third Norris Trophy.