Blackhawks: Celebrating the legacy of Patrick Kane

The Chicago Blackhawks have one of the greatest American born players on their team, and during his birthday week, I thought we’d celebrate his career.

The Chicago Blackhawks were planning for the future after selecting Jonathan Toews third overall in the 2006 NHL draft.

In 2007, the Blackhawks ended up having the number one overall pick in the NHL draft, and they used that pick to select none other than Patrick Kane. They now have the future of their franchise after taking Toews in 2006 and Kane in 2007.

Kane stepped right in and ended up playing all 82 games in his rookie season, recording 72 points (21G, 51A), and walked away with the Calder Trophy (Rookie of the year).

After his first season in the NHL, Kane came back in his second year and recorded 70 points (25G, 45A). His third year in the league was his best yet, recording 88 points (30G, 58A).

2010-2012 for Kane wasn’t the best. He played in 73 games in 2010 and had 73 points (27G, 46A) and then played 82 games in 2011 with 66 points (23G, 43A).

After playing in the NHL for eight years, Kane finally reached 100 points on the year. He had 106 points (46G, 60A) during the 2015-16 season, and that year was by far the best of his career.

Patrick Kane has quite the résumé so far, to say the least.

  • 3 Stanley Cup Championships (2010,2013,2015)
  • 964 career points (367G,597A)
  • 2007-2008 Calder Trophy Winner
  • 2012-2013 Conn Smyth Trophy Winner
  • 2015-2016 Ted Lindsay Award Winner
  • 2015-2016 Hart Memorial Trophy Winner
  • 2015-2016 Art Ross Trophy Winner
  • 8 all-star appearances

Everyone says that Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid are the best players in the league, but seem to lack respect for Kane. It seems like he’s just under-appreciated by casual fans.

Now let’s jump ahead to the start of the 2019-20 NHL season for Kane and the Blackhawks.

Kane started out the first month of the season a bit slow, but heading into November he’s on fire. He is currently on a 9-game point streak and a 6-game goal streak. He’s been just incredible, and he is an early MVP candidate in my eyes. He has 26 points in 20 games so far (11G,15A).

Now that he is 31 years old, Kane is a lot closer to coming to the end to his career. He definitely has a lot still left in the tank, as you can see how he is producing thus far in 2019.

Kane is hungry for another championship run, and we will hopefully see another Stanley Cup in the city of Chicago here soon.

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Is Patrick Kane a Hall of Fame player? Yes.

As a Blackhawks fan, it’s been a joy watching him play and I can’t wait to see what happens next.