In the hockey world, there has been a lot of hype surrounding Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane as of late. But this hype is not without warrant, and there are many reasons as to why.
First off, Kane is the only American member of the Blackhawks to be invited to participate with Team USA in the Winter Olympics coming up in Sochi. Fellow teammates Brandon Saad and Nick Leddy were invited to training camp, but were looked over for the invite.
So, his Olympic buzz is getting him some attention, but that is not the only reason. For the second month in a row, Kaner has been named as the NHL “Star of the Month.” He has been the top point scorer in the entire league for the second-consecutive month, with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins just four points behind him. What makes this an even more impressive statistic is that only four people are within 10 points of Kane, one of which is fellow Blackhawk Patrick Sharp.
As far as the statistics are concerned, the numbers are starting to say it all for Patrick Kane. However, his game is starting to develop in a way that the numbers do not validate. There are certain aspects of Kaner’s game when he has the puck that are incredible, like his infamous “spin-o-rama.” However, Kaner’s game is starting to develop without the puck, which means he is starting to develop a more defensive awareness out on the ice. This is important for an all-around player and overall MVP of the game for the season.
For Kane, there is a maturity that has developed over the past two years that had previously been absent from his game. He has gone from a kid known for his excessive partying and celebrations to a player who has started to really hone in on the aspects of his game and perfect them in deadly ways.
Additionally, there has also been discussion of Patrick Kane being the most popular athlete in Chicago at this time. With Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls out for the remainder of the seasons with another devastating injury to his knee, the thought is that there are just no more “Jordans” left in Chicago. If hockey was more popular in the United States, with or without D-Rose out on the court, there is a great possibility that Kaner would still be the most popular athlete in all of Chicago.
The overall development and increase to Kane’s maturity level is what is really starting to set him apart and rightfully earn him all of this hype. If his season continues on in the manner it has so far, it seems natural that we will start naming Kane as one of the greatest to ever play the game of hockey.