Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
3. Patrick Kane (1st overall, 2007)
Kane was the best player in a first round that only produced one stud. The Hawks could have taken James van Riemsdyk or Kyle Turris, but instead drafted a flashy playmaker who has a chance to become one of the best players in American hockey history.
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The 26-year-old is already 10th in Blackhawks history with 352 assists and is ninth in points with 557 in his eight-year career. Kane was on pace to win the Art Ross Trophy and perhaps the Hart Trophy if not for a broken collarbone that sidelined him for 21 games.
Kane has been an irreplaceable piece of Chicago’s three Stanley Cup championships and could easily move up to the top of this list if he continues to produce at his current pace for six or seven more years.
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