Game Winning Goals-3
Game Winning Goals-2
Contract Status- Signed for two more season through 2015 at $6,300,000 each year.
Summary- Patrick Kane played oversees during the lockout and he was on fire when the season started including scoring the first goal of the NHL season on the powerplay. Kane’s game was solid throughout but was especially strong during the season opening point streak when he scored goals and made special plays from behind the back feeds to set up goals to just magical plays. Kane always seems to get lost for a while each season luckily this season wasn’t for a very long stretch. With injuries to Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp for times during the season Kane would do some double shifting which he played with ease. He ended the season tied for the team lead with goals scored with Jonathan Toews at 23 while leading the team in points with 55. Kane does have a way in a shoot out to make the goalie look foolish.
The playoffs were two totally different stories for Patrick Kane. During the beginning of the playoffs his scoring struggled while the Hawks were winning easily against the Minnesota Wild and struggling against the Detroit Red Wings. It wasn’t until getting called out by many after losing Game #3 in LA did Kane snap out of his scoring slump and it started a strong scoring totals for Kane the rest of the way. Kane followed up his Game #4 goal and assist with a Game #5 hat trick which included the game winner and series clincher in overtime. Kane was solid throughout the Stanley Cup Finals including a 2 goal effort in Game #5 and was on the ice creating havoc during Bryan Bickell’s game tying goal in Game #6 at the beginning of the 17 second craziness.
Kane took home the Conn Smythe for playoff MVP, but a more mature Kane was the first to say the Corey Crawford deserved the award while always talking about how great his teammates were instead of his play. Kane has come along way while only being just 24 years old.
Our preseason prediction was pretty close goals wise which we had at 24 but we only put the total of assists at 21 which he surpassed with ease. It is also interesting that of the five Blackhawks in our poll for season high scorer that Kane came in 4th only ahead of Viktor Stalberg.
Grade- Kane was great from beginning to end which ended with the Conn Smythe and hoisting the Stanley Cup! This is an Easy A!
What is your grade for Patrick Kane? Do you agree with the A or do you think he deserves another grade?
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