Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, 22, was the first overall pick of the 2007 National Hockey League draft. He entered his rookie season at the age of 18 and played in 82 games. Kane has played a large role in Chicago’s resurgence, culminating in the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 49 years last season.
This season Chicago are struggling in third place in the Central division. If the playoffs started today Chicago would not even make the post-season as an eighth seed. Nevertheless Kane is confident his team can turn things around.
“The biggest thing is chemistry,” Kane said. ”That’s the way it has been all year. We take two steps forward and one step back. I still feel we’re a real good team but we have work to do to get into the playoffs. It’s kind of tough to put a finger on it.
“If we sit back and ‘play to tie’ you see us struggle and you see us do that a lot. When we increase the pace, I’d say we’re pretty dangerous. We just haven’t done that often enough.”
Kane has missed a number of games this year with knee problems. As a result his numbers have dipped somewhat with 17 goals and 26 assists so far. However the likes of Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews have stepped up as the team has an offence ranked fourth in the league.