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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

In December 2009, Kane had signed a contract extension that would have him earning an AAV of $6,300,000 as of the 2010-11 season and throughout 2014-15.

Little did the Blackhawks know at the time just how much return on investment they were setting themselves up to enjoy, even as soon as by the end of that same season. Kane was hoisting a Cup only half a year later.

His current contract saw him commit to the team between 2015-16 and 2022-23, at an AAV of $10,500,000. He will be 34 at the end of this agreement.

Kane has continued to be a consistent point per game producer for the Blackhawks. He’s also surpassed that benchmark multiple times throughout his career, having done so in five of the past six seasons, including the 2019-20 campaign.

After starting off primarily as a playmaker, racking up almost double the assists to goals each year, Kane continued to increase his affinity for scoring alongside his set-up abilities.

He’s always been an offensive threat, but after he accumulated 46 goals in the 2015-16 campaign his scorer’s touch had added another scare tactic for opponents to be concerned about.

When it comes to infusing excitement into the game, just watch Patrick Kane. He is quickly becoming the undisputed author of that playbook.

From unsuspectingly stealing the puck, to set the speed of every play, to sniping a goal in the precise spot of his choice, to celebrations unlike any other throughout the league, he represents the epitome of what it means to enjoy what you do for a living.