The boyish grin still comes with a flash, but then is replaced with a look of focus and intensity.

After some soul-searching, Patrick Kane is displaying a new demeanor in the dressing room and on the ice early this season and the Blackhawks have been the beneficiary. In short, the 24-year-old appears to have dedicated himself toward making the most of his considerable hockey talents.

"I owe it to myself and the organization to try to reach my full potential," Kane said. "I just have to stay focused and keep enjoying every minute I'm on the ice. That's what I'm trying to do this year."

Kane's workman-like approach has resulted in a fast start offensively as the winger has two goals and five assists during the Hawks' four victories to open the NHL campaign, the franchise's best record to start a season since 1972-73 season. Using his uncanny vision and instincts for the game, Kane has been dangerous every time he has stepped on the ice as his no-look, backhanded pass to Marian Hossa in overtime showed against the Stars on Thursday night that resulted in Hossa's game-winner in the 3-2 victory.