Patrick Kane heard a familiar refrain during the offseason.

Friends, family and his own voice in the back of his head told the Blackhawks winger it's time to raise his game another notch.

"It's kind of crazy to think I'm still 22 and going into my fifth season," Kane said. "Time has been flying by. I think it's about that time I really take the next step to the elite level.

"It seems like everyone's kind of been saying that to me this summer. 'All right, you've done well your first four years, now let's really take that step to the next level and become one of the best players in the league.'"