Patrick Kane is in his element.

Surrounded by the NHL's elite players, hounded by autograph seekers and attending parties around Canada's capital city, the Blackhawks winger is soaking in the atmosphere of the 2012 NHL All-Star Game festivities.

The affable Kane is quick with a smile with his fellow All-Stars, fans and the media as he revels in the pomp and circumstance that accompanies one of the league's signature events. If you didn't know better, it would seem Kane is in the midst of his finest season.

In reality, the 23-year-old is on pace for a career low in goals and points and his goal-scoring pales in comparison with the other top players who will participate in Sunday's game at Scotiabank Place.