There is no question that the Chicago Blackhawks have one of the most impressive rosters in the NHL. What makes this even more of an amazing fact is that the roster is maturating and finding strength in ways that are amazing everyone.
One such player that continues to evolve before our very eyes is Patrick Sharp. Sharp has been playing for the Blackhawks since 2005, and has been riding an upward trajectory of success ever since.
Before his time with the Blackhawks, Sharp spent time with the Philadelphia Flyers and phased in and out of the AHL. His record before he arrived in Chicago was not very impressive, and he did not spend a whole lot of time out on the ice for the NHL. But once he got to consistent ice time, there has been no looking back.
Sharp, whose native country is Canada, has never played in the Olympics, despite the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win and the 25 goals and 41 assists the winger had acquired that season.
This season, Sharp is more than on a roll. Most notably, he has recorded two hat tricks in just five games. In addition to the pair of hat tricks, Sharpy has recorded 25 goals on the season. He seems to be in hot pursuit of a being awarded a spot skating for Team Canada.
While the team list will be announce on Jan. 7, there are still questions as to if Sharp is on the bubble or not. This shouldn’t even be a question! Sharp has an undeniable history and connection with Jonathan Toews and has helped lift the Blackhawks to two Stanley Cup titles. He has completely exploded this season when it comes to scoring points, as the two hat tricks suggests. However, most importantly, Sharp has become an incredible two way player, which is going to be an important thing for the offensively minded team.
Anyone with a pulse should be able to recognize the skills Patrick Sharp has developed over the years. Passing him over for the Olympic bid would be a grave mistake for Canada.