2013 Blackhawks Report Cards : Duncan Keith
Today we take a look at the year that was for Duncan Keith.
Standard Regular Season Stats
Advanced Regular Season Stats (5 on 5)
Standard Playoff Stats
Advanced Playoff Stats (5 on 5)
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Duncan Keith had himself quite the year both on and off the ice. Besides a return to elite form on the ice, Duncan and his wife welcomed their first child to the world during the first round of the playoffs. Keith appeared to be one of the players who benefited the most from the extra time off because of the lockout. Duncan looked much fresher and a jump to his step most of the season. That was something that has been missing since his unearthly season of 2010. Coach Q did a great job in managing his minutes this season. During the hectic and condensed regular season Keith averaged 24:07 of TOI, which is nearly 3 minutes less a game than the last two seasons and his lowest total since 2006-07. Keith's 27 points was good for 4th highest on the team and his 24 assists was 3rd best. He finished the regular season as a +16. His +/- struggled out of the gate due to Brent Seabrook's less than stellar start to the season. Coach Q switched up his defensive pairing prior to the March 31st game in Detroit and Keith spent the rest of the regular season with Niklas Hjalmarsson. Keith and Hjammer worked well together and was a solid top pairing for the final 14 games of the regular season.
Keith carried his high level of play into the playoffs. His 11 playoff assists tied him with Jonathan Toews for the team lead. He lead the Hawks in time on ice with an average of 27:37, nearly 3 and half minutes more than Hjalmarsson who was second in this category. He was on the ice for a total of 88:52 for Game 5 (2 OT) versus the Kings and Game 1 (3 OT) against the Bruins. There were many games during the post season where #2 was the most noticeable player on the ice. His play was good enough. for the majortiy of the post season, to be put into the Conn Smythe discussion. He did have a few "Drunken Keith" moments (the 2nd Boston goal in Game 6 comes to mind) but for the most part he played at an elite level. His lowest moment of season came in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals when he whacked Jeff Carter in the face with his stick. The incident lead to Keith having to spend Game 4 in the press box, a game the Hawks rallied to win. Not his finest moment for sure.
Keith still needs to work on his power play game. I don't think he is the power play "quarterback" Q would like him to be. Duncan is far from the power play point man Brian Campbell was when he was in Chicago. His entry into the zone needs to improve as well as his shot selection. He took too many shots directly into the opposition's shin pads and not nearly enough one timers. He still produced points with the man advantage as 2 of 3 goals and 8 of his 27 assists came on the power play. His 10 power play points was second only to Patrick Kane's 17.
Final Grade: A-