Staff Report Cards : Patrick Kane

It's Showtime!!

All situations
5 on 5 on-ice
5 on 5
CF% rel
GF% rel
ZS% rel
Regular Season 69 29 40 69 19.2 10.1 12.80% 4 55.10% -0.50% 58.20% 0.10% 8.90% 92.10% 101 70.60% 21.40% 31.80% 63.60% 0.30% 28.80% 28.80%
Playoffs 19 8 12 20 19.6 8.6 13.80% 3 53.70% 7.30% 62.10% 18.70% 11.00% 91.70% 102.6 73.50% 29.50% 33.20% 60.20% 0.60% 29.00% 29.30%

Mr Conn Smythe. The Crusher of Dreams. The Destroyer of Souls. Showtime. Patrick Kane.

For the first few years of Patrick Kane's career Blackhawks fans wondered what kind of player they would see if and when Patrick Kane finally matured. We have caught a glimpse of this over the last two seasons and what we have seen has been one of the most clutch players in game. Whenever the lights are shining their brightest and whenever a big play is needed, there is Patrick Kane.

Patrick Kane averaged exactly one point per game in his 69 regular season games. His 40 assists were tied for third on the team. His 53 primary points (goals + primary assists) was second only behind Patrick Sharp. Kane's 29 goals were the most he has scored since he tallied 30 back 2009-10. Those 29 goals came on 227 shots which was good for a 12.8 shooting percentage on the year. He was ranked 17th in shooting percentage for players with at least 200 shots. He set a career high with six game winning goals which led the team. He was tied with Patrick Sharp for the team lead in power play goals and points with 10 and 25 respectively. Kane had a point on 77.4% of the Blackhawks goals scored while he was on the ice, only Marcus Kruger beat him out in this category. The Blackhawks had a 92.1 save percentage while Kane was on the ice, only Kris Versteeg was higher on the year. Kane finished the season with just 23 giveaways, the lowest total of his career.

Patrick Kane started the season with four points in the first three games of the year and point streaks would be an ongoing theme. Kane put up 17 points during a 12 game point streak from November 3rd to the 27th. The Dallas Stars shutout Kane on November 29th but he wouldn't stay down very long. He would go on to score 25 points in the next 14 games including eight multiple point games. Kane never went more than three straight games without a point for the entire season. The regular season came to an end for Kaner on March 19th when he injured his ankle during the 2nd period versus the St. Louis Blues. This injury sent waves of panic throughout Blackhawks fans. The panic reached a critical mass when Jonathan Toews went down with a shoulder injury just a few days later.

Kane would erase any doubts that he was 100% in the first game of the playoffs as he was able to score a goal late in the 1st period against Ryan Miller and the Blues. He would go on to score four game winning goals in the post season, tied with Toews for the most in the NHL. His 20 points in the playoffs was the most of any player who didn't play for the Los Angeles Kings. Kane had a point on 83.3% of the goals the Blackhawks scored while he was on the ice during the post season. He had some huge moments including game winning goals, series clinching goals, unbelievable back hand shots and many big assists. Had the Blackhawks got past the Kings and beat the New York Rangers, I believe Kane would have won his second straight Conn Smythe Trophy for the most valuable player in the playoffs.

Patrick Kane had one of his best over all seasons of his career in 2013-14 and he did it with playing nearly 30% of his shifts with both Michal Hadzus and Kris Versteeg. Makes you wonder what he is capable of next season when he should get an upgrade in linemates with Brandon Saad and Brad Richards.

Final Grade : A