Blackhawks: A first overall pick that changed the franchise forever

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images) /
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Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

In his second season with the Blackhawks, they made it into the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs but lost in the Conference Finals to the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings (who barely missed out on their second straight Cup).

Kane earned 25 goals for the first time in the 2008-09 season, including four game-winners that year as a bit of a foreshadow of things to come.

With a taste of playoff success on their palate from the year prior, they looked forward to starting the 2009-10 season hungry for even more.

Fast forward to Kane’s third season in the league, the Blackhawks accumulated 112 points and finished 1st in the Central Division, and he also made it on to the First NHL All-Star Team.

He and his teammates left little to chance in that 2010 post-season. They didn’t allow any series to go the distance, moving beyond every one of them in six games or less.

16 wins later, the Chicago Blackhawks were Stanley Cup Champions for the first time since 1961, and Patrick Kane was a major influence in making that their reality.

He accumulated 10 goals and 18 assists, for a total of 28 points towards earning that championship. He was second in production totals to only Toews, who accumulated 29 points those playoffs.

Kane also had one game-winning goal that post-season and it couldn’t have come at a more important point. He scored in overtime of Game 6 of that final series against the Philadelphia Flyers, which gave the team the final victory they needed to claim that year’s Cup.

Ultimately, Patrick Kane won the Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks that year.