Chicago Blackhawks: Why Patrick Kane Will Crack 100 Points
By Ryan Fedrau
Patrick Kane, 30, is coming off of his second career 100 point season. Are we in store for a third 100 point season in 2019-20?
Patrick Kane has played on some terrible lines throughout his career and still manages to impress the hockey world. This year, he will most likely start the season with Jonathan Toews as his center, which is where both players had most of their success last year when both players posted career-high seasons.
Throughout the last few days of practice, Kane and Toews have played together on the first line with Alexander Nylander. Nylander-Toews-Kane could be the best line Kane has ever played on, if they can get Nylander up to speed.
Since Nylander is more of a playmaker, this could help Patrick Kane beef up his point totals for 2019-20. I’m sure no fan would be upset with that. Nylander just has to prove himself worthy of being on the Blackhawks’ first line.
With Patrick Kane having a successful line to start with, that already gives him the advantage he hasn’t had during the other two 100 point seasons. In 2016, he had to get used to playing with Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov who were new to the team. Last season, Kane played all over with different guys each night and still managed to crack 100 points. He became most consistent when playing with Jonathan Toews later in the year.
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This upcoming season, barring any Patrick Kane injuries, will be Kane’s best season yet. If Kane can play 50 games with Toews, you can guarantee a lot of points being produced by that line.
With Alexander Nylander getting a shot to play with these guys in the preseason, gaining both players’ trust, and learning each other’s tendencies, it just helps the line develop more chemistry.
If Nylander isn’t the guy for the first line, other good fits for a Kane and Toews line would be Drake Caggiula, Andrew Shaw, and Brandon Saad.
The better the line, the more points you can expect out of Patrick Kane. If this line can stick and do what the Blackhawks want them to do, you can expect another 100 point season out of Kane. If the lines he plays on don’t stick, it’ll be a mystery.
Short answer, yes, and the long answer is “we’ll see”.