2013 Fantasy Hockey: The Return of Patrick Kane

By Adam McGill
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One of the most popular fantasy hockey picks in recent seasons has been Chicago Blackhawks right-winger, Patrick Kane.

Kane was the key figure in the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship back in 2010, so naturally he has become a household name for fantasy fans ever since. Kane had a dream season in 2010 but disappointingly, he has since been best known for his fight with a cab driver outside his hometown of Buffalo, NY.

However, after four straight seasons with at least 70 points, Kane’s 66 points last season was viewed as a step back for the kid. Many people questioned his determination and work ethic, but it appears the former All-Star has turned things around this season.

It has only been two games of the shortened 2013 season, but Kane has once again looked like a superstar. He scored one goal and has racked up four assists in just his first two games. Kane is on fire right now, and fantasy owners should certainly be paying attention.

There are never enough quality wingers that can contribute on a regular basis, especially with all the centers hogging all the fantasy points, so it is reassuring to see Kane playing at such a high level again.

Kane loves to attack the net, and his 253 shots on net last year were promising heading into this season. The kid has racked up a very impressive 373 points in his first 401 games, and always seems to be in the play. He has an amazing hockey IQ and knows how to put the puck in the back of the net.

Kane is easily one of the most underrated fantasy wingers in the game, and will prove to be a great value pick all year. Don’t be afraid to start Kane in daily leagues, or even to trade for him, because this will be one of the best seasons of his career.

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