The Hart Memorial Trophy is an award designated to the player on any one of the 30 franchises in the NHL. The award represents the effort of the player that is judged to be the most valuable to his team. Previously, the award has honored four members of the Chicago Blackhawks, the last being Stan Mikita in 1968.
But with the midway point of the NHL season reached there are some early favorites for who will receive the award, and a Chicago Blackhawk is an odds on favorite to win. This is of course Patrick Kane.
So, is Patrick Kane worthy of such an amazing honor? Let us examine his season thus far to answer that question.
For starters, Kane has surpassed his career best of point scoring on the season at 13 points, and that number is continuing to rise. Earlier in the season the streak was 12 points. Kane is working so hard out on the ice this season to deliver for his team, and it is paying off big time.
Kane has also been stepping up his game play this season. He has started to take a more serious leadership role with the Chicago organization as he continues to mature in both aspects of his game and just being an overall more mature individual.
Currently, Kane is a mere two points behind Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby for the league lead in points. Kane has recorded 23 goals and 30 assists on the season and is showing no signs of slowing down as he has put up points in 25 of his past 26 games.
While this is less of a statistical aspect of Kane’s game and more of an observational standpoint, it is easy to see that Kane is an excellent skater with brilliant puck handling skills. Out on the ice, his skating is hypnotic and so much fun to watch.
Finally, Kane has the ability to really be there for his team and take charge when needed. Kane continues to find the back of the net or make an assist consistently which makes him a great go-to guy out on the ice for Chicago.
All of this evidence together indicates that Kane is not only a wonderful candidate for the Hart Memorial trophy this season, but he is a clear-cut winner.