Maybe at another stage of his career, maybe in another city, Patrick Sharp would bristle at this role — third-liner, veteran mentor, power-play specialist. Maybe when he was younger and the stat sheet mattered more to him, Sharp would stew more on his ice time, or on his current points drought.

But with age and strife comes perspective and wisdom. Sharp has been around long enough to know how fortunate he is to be in the city he loves and the organization he loves. And he’s been around long enough to know that if he keeps plugging away, the goals and points will come.

“It’s a long season,” Sharp said. “It is frustrating, individually and from a team standpoint, when things aren’t going your way. But you’ve got to recognize that it’s a six-month regular season, 82 games, and you’re going to have your ups and downs. It’s important to stay focused, stay patient, and keep getting better.”

Sharp, with two goals and two assists through 12 games, is something of a microcosm of the Hawks right now. He’s mired in a dreadful scoring drought — no points in his last six games — but feels like he’s on the verge of breaking through. Before Saturday’s loss in Colorado, when just about everybody had a bad night, Sharp had 10 shots on goal in a two-game span against Vegas and Nashville. He knows the opportunities are there. He believes the bounces — and the goals — will come.