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Will Patrick Kane Eclipse the Fifty Goal Mark?

By Brian Kasnicka
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Jan 8, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (88) shoots during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Kane has amassed a tremendous amount of accolades in his young career.  At just twenty-six years old the Buffalo native won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie, has two Stanley Cups, a Con Smythe trophy as playoff MVP, and a silver medal from the 2010 winter games.  The prolific scorer was also the first American to score twenty goals in each of his first eight seasons.  That in itself is a remarkable accomplishment.  Not to mention Patrick Kane’s face was on the cover of NHL 10.  One feat that has eluded Kane is the fifty goal mark.

Scoring fifty goals in an eighty-two game season is all, but easy.  The closest Kane has come to achieving the fifty goal season was back in 2009-2010 when he set his career high in goals, thirty.  Since then Kane has put up excellent point totals, but the goal totals are far from fifty, which is foreign to the goal scorer who collected sixty-two goals in fifty-eight games for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

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Kane is an all-around playmaker who continues to grow his complete game.  He can score, he can pass, and his defense has drastically improved over the last few years.  So who cares if he scores fifty goals a year?  I can assure you that the ultra-competitive Patrick Kane cares.  He will score fifty goals in an NHL season, simply because he is just too talented not to.  It’s not a matter of can he score fifty goals, it’s when will he score fifty goals.

Will this be the year Kane hits the fifty goal mark for the first time in his career?  With thirty-eight games left and thirty goals to score, it could be, but don’t get your hopes up.  However, Patrick Kane will set a new career high this year with forty-one goals.  Do you think he’ll eclipse the fifty goal mark this year?  If not how many goals do you think the dynamic Kane will pot?  Thanks for reading and feel free to comment your predictions.

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