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Chicago Blackhawks: 10 Predictions for 2016

By Andrew Facemyer
Nov 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) reacts after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) reacts after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 29, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) reacts during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

7. Patrick Kane Will Win Art Ross Trophy

It is almost weird to think about how good of a season hockey fans thought Kane was having last season. Before getting injured by an idiotic, unnecessary hit by idiotic, unnecessary defenseman Alex Petrovic, Kane was on pace for 86 points. At the time of his injury, he was tied for the league lead in points. Had he continued on, he may have won the Art Ross Trophy with the lowest point total since the NHL went to an 82-game season. It would also have been the lowest Art Ross Trophy-winning point total in a full season period since 1960.

This season is a better one to have his name on anyway, right? Kane currently has 57 points in 40 games. This puts him five points ahead of his nearest competitor (Jaime Benn of the Dallas Stars), and it also puts him on pace for 117 points for a full season. He finally has great, (almost) set in stone linemates, and it’s showing. If nothing else, we should expect Kane to continue his high level of play both in the regular season and playoffs.

Next: Prediction #6

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