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Chicago Blackhawks Midseason Grades: Patrick Kane

By Jimmy Lynch
Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks have been very lucky to have Patrick Kane in the lineup through the first half of the season. While the team has struggled at times, Kane has been the calming voice keeping everyone in check.

Patrick Kane has been the backbone of the Chicago Blackhawks since the team won their last Stanley Cup, and they have not looked back since. While I know we are a few games past the halfway point, but up until this point, Kane has put up 42 points, including 12 goals, in 30 games.

Kane is playing on a line with Alex DeBrincat and Pius Suter as of right now, although he might be a little better served with a different forward centering the two talented wingers. DeBrincat and Kane building chemistry is a great thing for the Blackhawks.

Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane connecting to rekindle the fire within the Chicago Blackhawks this season is going to be the main focus for years to come. The two have created chemistry this team has not seen since the Panarin/Kane duo, and while they might not be on that level yet, they could be in the future.

Patrick Kane is leading the Chicago Blackhawks, and while that is nothing new it still deserves some credit.

Kane has broken milestone upon milestone and he is not stopping anytime soon. I think at the end of the day while scoring 400 goals is great and playing in 1000 NHL games is a wonderful accomplishment, Kane is focused on just making the playoffs for right now.

Although his 400th goal was pretty sweet.

For his contributions this season, Patrick Kane gets an A+ rating for his performance on the ice. Kane is leading on the power play and has a ton of assists to show for it. Usually, fans can expect showtime to light the lamp on the man advantage, but this season that has not been the case.

Kane has just two power-play goals compared to his 12 assists. The goal-scoring machine is dishing it out to his teammates to help spread the wealth on this team, oh and also put pucks in the net.

Chicago Blackhawks. PATRICK KANE. A+. . Forward

This Blackhawks rebuild could be all over by the time next season rolls around if Patrick Kane can continue to play at this level. While it is going to take a lot of work to even be part of the playoff conversation the time April comes around this season, if anyone can make the difference in that battle it would be Kane.

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