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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Reasons Panarin Is Top Rookie

By Mario Tirabassi
Mar 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (72) shoots during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (72) shoots during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens with left wing Artemi Panarin (72) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens with left wing Artemi Panarin (72) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

Without Panarin, where is Patrick Kane this year?

Without question, Patrick Kane is this year’s Art Ross Trophy winner for finishing the season with the most points. He’s also the likely winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy for NHL MVP. If anyone says otherwise, they are wrong. But behind Kane’s 100 points (so far) is the play of Panarin. At 5-on-5 hockey, no one has played more minutes with Kane than Panarin.

Of Kane’s 1,261 minutes, 48 seconds, of even-strength ice time, Panarin has been with him for 963 minutes, 4 seconds of that time. Kane has scored 55 total points at even-strength this season, 41 of them coming when paired with Panarin.

If Sunday’s win over the Boston Bruins was any indication, when Panarin and Kane are clicking, the Blackhawks are hard to stop. For most of the year, that has been the case, and I would be shocked if Kane doesn’t mention the play of Panarin this year during any of his acceptance speeches at the NHL Awards.

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