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I NOW Consider Duncan Keith A Hall Of Famer

I try to pick the point where a player becomes a Hall of Famer regardless of what will happen in the remainder of a player's career.   Today I think Duncan Keith has reached that point.

The main argument for Keith is that he is a two time Norris Trophy winner.  That places him in a prestigious group of twelve players who have won multiple Norris Trophies.  All of the players on this list are Hall of Famers (Bobby Orr, Doug Harvey, Ray Bourque, Chris Chelios, Paul Coffey, Pierre Pilote, Denis Potvin, Rod Langway, Larry Robinson and Brian Leetch) or have not been retired long enough to be eligible Nicklas Lidstrom and Duncan Keith).  There are a few players who have won the Norris Trophy once and are hall of Fame eligible but have not been inducted (Randy Carlyle and Doug Wilson).  While it would be unlikely to win multiple Norris Trophies that may be possible if they had few other accomplishments in their career.

Keith was the ice time leader in the 2010 Olympics when he was a member of the gold medal winning Canadian team.  He also won gold in the 2014 Olympics.  He has also won the Stanley Cup twice in 2010 and 2013.  There have been few All Star Games recently due to Olympiads and lockouts.  Nevertheless, Keith has appeared in three of them.  He probably should have appeared in two or three others if they existed.  During this time he has posted some very good puck possession numbers.  This year is no exception where he is currently second in raw Corsi.  Since we have passed the trade deadline we are far enough into this season to know that it will be a success.  Even if the season falls apart or Keith suffers a season ending injury, this is a successful season.  Given his previous accomplishments this is enough that he is a Hall of Famer.

Keith is the first of current Chicago Blackhawks to cement his Hall of Fame status.  Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane probably will get there within the next few years.  Both have won a Conn Smythe Trophy, but haven't been in the NHL as long as Keith and haven't been two-time winners of an award as prestigious as the Norris Trophy.  Marian Hossa is another Hall of Fame candidate.  His career numbers may get him there before too long if he keeps scoring.  Brent Seabrook may also have a chance.  That gives Chicago a strong core.  Their biggest question mark is goaltender Corey Crawford, but under the right circumstances this could be an elite team.

Keith is ten years into his NHL career.  He has done very well so far.  His success is sufficient for a Hall of fame nomination.  He has been the best defencemen in the NHL in the past five or six years.

With Keith's addition to my Hall of Fame list I now have 14 active Hall of Famers.  Here they are:

Zdeno Chara
Sidney Crosby
Pavel Datsyuk
Sergei Gonchar
Jarome Iginla
Jaromir Jagr
Duncan Keith
Roberto Luongo
Evgeni Malkin
Alexander Ovechkin
Martin St Louis
Tim Thomas
Joe Thornton

Maybe Tim Thomas should not be on this list but he hasn't officially announced his retirement and I am giving him his chance to do so.  Should he not officially retire and not make any attempt to get onto an NHL roster by next season, I will consider him retired.  There may be further additions to this list as hockey continues to be played this season.

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Nathan's avatar

Wait wait wait… Marian Hossa, with 1100 games played, closing in on 500 goals, already past 1000 points, eight 30 goal seasons, only one year as a minus player… he’s only a HOF candidate, meanwhile, Duncan Keith is a lock?

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 03/10/15 at 10:33 AM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

Yes.  An elite season where you are the best in your position has tremendous value and Hossa has never had one.  Hossa may make it without one - but not yet.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 03/10/15 at 11:32 AM ET

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I’m a little surprised you don’t have Lundqvist. 

I know he’s only got the one Vezina trophy, but he’s been a finalist five times and top-five in voting one more time on top of that.  He’s got the most wins and shutouts of any goalie over the last decade.  While he lacks a Stanley Cup he’s got last year’s finals appearance and an Olympic gold as a starter.  I think he’s clearly been an elite player the better part of the last ten seasons.

As for Hossa, he probably actually was the best RW in 2008-2009 notwithstanding how the All-Star voting came out—he had 5 more goals than Iginla in fewer games, while being a heavy plus (Iginla was a minus).  I suspect Hossa was docked for being on a very good Detroit team that also sent Datsyuk and Lidstrom to the Second Team. 

The last time a Detroit player other than Lidstrom made the first team was 2001-2002 (Chelios).

Posted by captaineclectic on 03/10/15 at 02:32 PM ET

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