The 3x Stanley Cup Champion, Patrick Kane, has been such a special player. Is he the best in Chicago Blackhawks’ franchise history?
Where Does Patrick Kane Rank Stand Statistically?
Patrick Kane, 30, is possibly the greatest American-born hockey player in NHL history. He certainly is the best American-born player in the NHL today. Kane, in 12 seasons, is ranked number 4 all-time on the Blackhawks’ leaderboard for points, behind Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, and Denis Savard with 938 points.
Patrick Kane is 529 points behind Stan Mikita. Chances are he can break it within the next 5 seasons, but he would have to average 107.7 points each year.
The most realistic situation would be Patrick Kane breaking it within the next 7 seasons, with an average of 77 points per season. If he stays injury-free, 77-points is very feasible, even as Kane gets older.
The toughest record Patrick Kane probably won’t hit is most goals in Blackhawks’ history. In 12 seasons, he has scored 356 times.
Kane is still trailing the Blackhawks’ number one spot by 248 goals. The record is 604 goals which is held by Bobby Hull.
He can hit it, but if we are going by my 7 season plan, Kane would need to score just over 35 goals per season.
As players get older, goal-scoring goes down as well. Patrick Kane has only had 2 seasons where he has scored over 35 goals, 2016 (46) and 2019 (44).
With Kane’s average being 29 goals per season, it probably won’t happen unless he plays deep into his 30’s and maybe even a year or two into his 40’s.
The disadvantage Kane had was the lockout-shortened season in 2012-2013, and the injuries he sustained in both the 2013-2014 (69 games) and 2014-2015 seasons (61 games).
Patrick Kane has an amazing passing touch that sets up goals and helps rack up assists. Patrick Kane has 582 assists in his NHL career, which puts him at 3rd all-time on the Chicago Blackhawks’ leaderboard. Right now, he is 344 assists away from tying Stan Mikita’s record of 926 assists.
Which Records Will Patrick Kane Break, and When?
If we are still going by my 7-year plan, Patrick Kane would need to get just over 49 assists each season, which he has done 6 times in his NHL career. The assists record is a lot more attainable than the goals record.
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Patrick Kane will likely break the most games played in a Blackhawks’ uniform of 1,396 during that 7th season, where he could break any of the previously mentioned records.
He currently stands at 903 games played in 12 years. Again, the lockout year and the two years he suffered long-term injuries made this record tougher to reach.
Of the current Blackhawks’ players, Brent Seabrook has the best chance of breaking that record with his 1,082 games played.
When you look at the leaderboards, Patrick Kane is in the top 10 for most of the stats. The ones that are the most important are: Stanley Cups (tied for 1st), Goals (5th), Assists (3rd), Points (4th), and Games Played (9th).
Patrick Kane is a special player. He will most likely retire as the leader in points and assists. He will go down as one of the best, if not the best American-born player in NHL history.
If Patrick Kane played in a different era, when the goalies weren’t as good and the players weren’t faster and stronger, he’d have all the records.
As of right now, Kane isn’t the best Chicago Blackhawks’ player of all time, but he is pretty close. The most important part of all of this is we are still able to watch a living legend and the playoff success Kane and Toews have brought to this team.
When Patrick Kane retires, we can bring up this topic again, but until then, let’s enjoy the greatness of Patrick Kane, and hopefully, the turnaround of the Chicago Blackhawks.