If anyone ever doubted the skill and worth of Patrick Kane, they can breathe a big sigh of relief – maybe even with a little chuckle thrown in. His 2013 Final Grade says it all. Kane was able to do wonders in the shortened season to bring critics back to his side and makeup with any disappointed fans. He began the season with a mission to make a statement to the Chicago Blackhawks organization, the fans, his teammates, and himself that he was one of the best hockey players in the league. Last season, we saw what it looks like when Patrick Kane is serious about hockey.
20 games overseas: 13 goals, 10 assists
47 games in the NHL regular season: 23 goals, 32 assists
23 games in the NHL post season: 9 goals, 10 assists
This summer has been a little different from last years’ for Kane. He’s been drawing a lot of attention again, but this time for all the right reasons. Most of his parties are endorsed by the Blackhawks organization and have a very special, very shiny guest of honor. Apart from his days with the Stanley Cup, Kane has flown under the radar, and stories about his off-the-ice adventures are pretty much nonexistent. Which means the only thing lingering in the minds of his critics are championships and MVP trophies.
It looks like Kane has matured a lot over the last year. He seems to have learned more about himself: what he needs to do to succeed and what happens if he lets himself slip up. Because of that, I think Kane is set to have another great season. I have Kane’s over/under for 82 games at 37 goals, 52 assists.
What’s your over/under for Patrick Kane this season?