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
5. Patrick Kane
Kane was on pace for a potential MVP season and would have been higher on this list if not for a broken collarbone that sidelined him for the final 21 games of the regular season.
However, Kane’s absence is almost as telling as his presence. The Chicago Blackhawks went 12-8-1 in the 21 games without their star winger and lost four straight to limp into the postseason.
Then, despite a grave prognosis for return, Kane returned from injury ahead of schedule for the first game of the playoffs against the Nashville Predators and scored 11 goals with 12 assists en route to his third Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks.
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Kane is only 26 and still in the middle of his prime as an eight-year contract worth $84 million kicks in this upcoming season. Although the Blackhawks have been forced to part ways with key role players to make room for Kane’s and Jonathan Toews’ matching contracts, the ’Hawks have no concerns about Kane making the investment worthwhile.
After all, Kane has posted at least 20 goals and 55 points (2013 lockout shortened season) since his career began way back in 2007.
Kane’s career high in points is ironically 88 during the 2009-10 season. There’s no doubt Kane should flirt with that point total during the next few years and potentially exceed it.
Next: No. 4: Vladimir Tarasenko
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