Blackhawks: 5 Questions About the Direction of This Team

By Jimmy Lynch
CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 31: Robin Lehner #40 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save during an NHL game against the Calgary Flames on December 31, 2019 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 31: Robin Lehner #40 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save during an NHL game against the Calgary Flames on December 31, 2019 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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4. How Many Years of Prime Patrick Kane Do We Have Left?

Patrick Kane has been the MVP for the Chicago Blackhawks for such a long time. For a while, I was kicking around the idea of an article about which season Patrick Kane played in was the best, and the main issue I had with that is that he has only gotten better with age.

When you take a look at his career stats, there’s a trend. Patrick Kane has aged like a fine wine. Just when we thought we saw Kane’s ceiling, he shattered it last season — at age 30, in his 12th season — on a struggling Blackhawks team.

Kane has only gotten better over the years, and he is proving that he is one of the best American-born players all-time. I think the biggest issue for the Blackhawks will be whether or not Kane will still be playing at this level when the team does start to compete again.

In my opinion, it is going to take at least two years to get all the young players and prospects in the Chicago Blackhawks’ organization rolling. Players like Ian Mitchell and Adam Boqvist are going to need some time to learn the new system and to succeed. If Kane can continue to produce in two seasons, then there is no reason he won’t be apart of some more magical Blackhawks teams.

Plus, by then, Kane won’t have to carry the team as much on his own. Kirby Dach will be two years older and so will Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome. It may be wishful thinking, but maybe Alexander Nylander will have turned into something by then too.

Would I like to see Kane succeed now? Yes! However, no way is going to happen unless he is traded soon. I am not saying the Blackhawks should trade Patrick Kane, rather I am saying if they did, I would cheer for Kane. That brings me to my next question, is there any quick fix for this team to get back on track?

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