Patrick Kane is also positioning himself to become the most productive player representing the USA in league history.
He currently sits in 9th place on that list, as he looks to surpass fellow offensive superstars like Jeremy Roenick, Mike Modano, and Brett Hull (who was born in Canada, but has dual citizenship and played with the USA’s international program).
As the only active player within his country’s top 10 of all-time, Kane needs 369 more points to take over first place in total production.
Hull played in the league for 19 seasons. If Kane can maintain gathering points at the same pace he’s had throughout his career, while he extends his longevity in the game, then it’s a realistic goal for him to attain.
This is Patrick Kane, however, so no one should be surprised if he finds a way to surpass those totals in an even quicker fashion.
He is also the first, and currently only, USA born player to win the Art Ross Trophy. He earned the achievement as the top point scorer throughout the 2015-16 season, after accumulating a league-leading 106 points that year.
It’s safe to say that the Chicago Blackhawks will look back fondly on their one and an only first overall draft pick to date. Patrick Kane could easily turn out to be their best selection in franchise history. And he might already be.