Full Name: Patrick Kane
Date of Birth: November 19th 1988
Birthplace: Buffalo, NY
Position: Right Wing
Draft Year: 2007
Drafted By: Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane was drafted first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Kane is a goal scoring forward and along with fellow young forward Jonathan Toews has helped rejuvenate the stagnant Chicago franchise lifting them into the playoffs in 2009 for the first time since 2002, and advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 1996.
Patrick Kane has been under scrutiny due to photos of him and his teammates partying shirtless while on their 16-day roadtrip. The photos showed Kane and teammates Kris Versteeg and John Madden partying with women and drinking alcohol after a night of losing a game to the Vancounver Canucks. This brings into question how disciplined these players really are.
This is not Kane’s first issue while being an NHL player. Before the season started, Kane was arrested in the summer of 2009 in his hometown of Buffalo,NY for an incident with a taxi cab driver. Kane allegedly punched the cab driver and took $15 in fare they had given him after he said he didn’t have 20 cents in change, a police report says.
Although Kane had been involved with bad news during the season, he has had some good news as well. The Blackhawks signed Kane to a 5 year, 31.5 million dollar extension December 3rd, 2009. This extension will help keep the young core of the Blackhawks together for years.
Kane has managed to stay at the top of the scoring categories in the NHL along with his teammate Jonathan Toews. Due to his success, Kane will play for the United States Hockey team in the Winter Olympics that start February 12th, 2010.
The Blackhawks are battling for the top spot in the Western Conference and should make the playoffs this season. If they advance, it could set up a great matchup if they play the first place San Jose Sharks.
Patrick Kane finished this season with 25 goals and 45 assists, 70 points total. While managing to score almost a point a game, Kane had a -2 while on the ice for the 80 games that he played this season.
Kane was still adjusting to life as an NHL player as the 2008-2009 season was only Kane’s second season in the NHL. Kane did build off of his success as a rookie scoring 25 goals in 2008-2009 season which is four more than his rookie season in the 2007-2008 season.