Patrick Kane’s MVP-level production, effort is saving Blackhawks’ season


If the Blackhawks left it up to Patrick Kane, he would skate himself to exhaustion every night — assuming that’s possible.

At 30 years old, in his 12th season and with more than 1,000 games on his odometer, Kane is playing the most minutes
of his career and would take a few more shifts if coach Jeremy Colliton didn’t govern his usage.

“To ask him if he’s ready is probably not the best plan,” Colliton said. “Because he’s going to tell you he’s ready to go.”

Kane has done many amazing things this season, which is shaping up to be the best individual performance of his career, but his sheer stamina might be the most impressive part.

OK, obviously that can’t be the most impressive part. Kane is second in the NHL with 32 goals and 78 points, after all, and has propelled the Hawks into the playoff chase with 15 goals and 19 assists in his last 15 games. The team is 8-4-3 in that stretch.

It’s an MVP-worthy season, especially if Kane lifts the Hawks from the basement to the postseason. Even if they don’t get there, though, this production merits consideration for the Hart Trophy, which he captured in 2016.

The Hawks looked dead in December but are on a season-high five-game winning streak and stand three points out of a wild-card berth heading into Thursday’s home game against the Canucks.

Chicago Sun-Times