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.
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