What a calendar year 2013 has been for Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane. Coming off a Conn-Smythe Trophy-winning playoffs that included a hat trick against the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions Los Angeles Kings, Kane has been on fire throughout the season. This year, he’s led the Blackhawks’ offense through thick and thin, scoring left and right on an already hot offense. If there is anything that needs to be said, and there has certainly been a lot said so far, it’s that Kane is having a fantastic season.
Kaner has 19 goals, 25 assists, for a grand total of 44 points, which at the time of writing, puts him two points behind league-leading Sidney Crosby. He’s also had a point in 20 of his last 21 games. Not too shabby. Now, of course, there’s been plenty said about Kane’s maturation prior to the 2013 calendar year, so that will not be detailed in this article.
What will be talked about, however, is the way he’s playing. Kane is a natural playmaker, which has been mentioned time and again by the likes of head coach Joel Quenneville. He’s able to make space for himself and his teammates, making himself very dangerous on the ice, whether he takes the shot or not.
If anyone doubted that Kane was really a top-level talent, they must be eating their words by now. Kane keeps soldiering on like the talented player he is, quietly but persistently making sure the fans and media know he’s in the discussion for the Hart Trophy. Yes, you read that right. Patrick Kane, with the season he’s having, should be considered for the Hart Memorial Trophy as NHL MVP. Sure, Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are always front-runners, but Kane should be the dark horse.
Oh, and there’s the little matter of the Olympics. Look for him to be up front for Team USA over in Sochi. After the tournament he had in 2010 and his success with EHC Biel over in Switzerland, Kane is one of the American players best equipped for an international tournament and playing on Europe’s larger rinks.
If there is any outcome in this season for Patrick Kane, it should be that he’s had the best one of his career. Whether he wins the Hart, scoring title, Stanley Cup, Conn-Smythe or an Olympic medal, Kane is finally getting the respect he deserves. He will continue his hot streak and maybe 2014 will be even better than 2013 has been.