The Chicago Blackhawks are off to a 9-0-2 start, the best in franchise history. There are many reasons for the fast start. Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa are fully recovered from their concussions. Corey Crawford has bounced back from a bad sophomore season. The defensive unit has solidified with the improved play of Duncan Keith, Nick Leddy and Niklas Hjalmarsson. But the biggest reason for the Blackhawks being the class of the NHL right now is the play of Patrick Kane. Since he arrived in Chicago during the fall of 2007 we have been waiting for Kane to make the jump from good player to elite. Well folks, that wait is over! 88 is taking his place among the true superstars of the game.
Dale Tallon used the first overall pick of the 2007 Entry Draft to select Patrick. Kaner was coming off an unbelievable season with the London Knights of OHL where he put up 145 points (62 G, 83 A) in 58 games. He was the biggest talent of the '07 draft class and has not been a disappointment by any means. Kane won the Calder Trophy in 2007-08 after he put up 72 points (21 G, 51 A) while playing in all 82 games of his rookie season. He has had many big moments in the Indian Head, but none bigger than scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal in Philadelphia back in 2010. Coming into this season Kane has played in 399 regular season games and put up 369 points (126 G, 243 A) for a of 0.92 points per game average. Kane has always loved the spotlight and has shined in big games. His playoff numbers have been outstanding. He has 52 points (20 G, 32 A) in 51 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
This Is The Patrick Kane We Have Been Waiting For
Second City Hockey | Feb 10