Patrick Kane has been tearing it up for a month, doing something spectacular nearly every night, and he’s on course for one of his best scoring seasons.
“It’s almost not even that impressive because you just kind of expect it from him,” Jonathan Toews said. “Regardless of what our team’s doing, he’s producing no matter what, and I think that’s the most impressive part.”
Through the highs and the very lows of this Blackhawks season, Kane has been worth watching. He’s reminding everyone on a nightly basis that he’s still one of the most dangerous skaters in the NHL, and there’s a refinement to his game at 30 that raises the thought of him reaching an even higher level.
It’s going to take heavy construction for the Hawks to get back to where they want to be, but Kane’s going to remain part of the blueprint. This season reiterates that he has at least a few more great years ahead of him and will be a valuable asset in the rebuild, even if it takes a little while.
His 24 goals and 34 assists put him sixth in the league in points, and he’s headed to his eighth All-Star Game in two weeks. His last month has been brilliant: 11 goals and 15 assists in 16 games. The surge puts him on pace to make a run at his career high of 46 goals, set in 2015-16.
Everyone loves watching Kane craft a viral-video goal like the one he nonchalantly flipped past Calgary’s David Rittich on Monday, but his passes are equally artistic. He had two assists in Wednesday’s overtime loss to Nashville that were as good as goals.