Blackhawks: NHL Network Snubs Patrick Kane, Top 20 Wingers
By Ryan Fedrau
NHL Network recently came out with a list of the top 20 wingers in the NHL. Unsurprisingly, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was fifth.
Patrick Kane being doubted and looked upon by the NHL is nothing new. Kane led the Chicago Blackhawks in points last season with 110 and wasn’t even considered as a finalist for league MVP.
Kane has helped carry the offense in Chicago for a few years now, with the team struggling nights he hasn’t put up a single point. He means a lot to this team, where if you take him off of the Blackhawks, they don’t have a chance against the Oilers.
That hasn’t stopped NHL Network though, as they have him ranked as the fifth-best wing in the NHL. The players ahead of him are Artemi Panarin, David Pastrnak, Nikita Kucherov, and Alex Ovechkin.
I still believe Ovechkin is the best in the league, with Kane being second. Because of the lack of success in Chicago recently, it doesn’t surprise me that he isn’t ranked higher.
At the end of the day, these rankings mean nothing. Having Ovechkin outside of the Top 3, along with Kane outside of the Top 3 makes the list questionable.
I don’t get too wrapped up in sports leagues and their top player rankings, it just doesn’t mean much to me. I am more into success and winning than having my favorite players being recognized by their peers, experts, and fans.
Go prove them wrong #88 by winning a fourth Stanley Cup!