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Blackhawks Patrick Kane back among NHLs elite scorers, but hasnt hit ceiling

Blackhawks Patrick Kane back among NHLs elite scorers, but hasnt hit ceiling
Published On: Fri, Jan 11
May 17, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (19) moves the puck against the Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) during the first period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

PatrickA KaneA has been tearing it up for a month, doing something spectacular nearly every night, and hea€™s on course for one of his best scoring seasons.

Yawn.

a€œIta€™s almost not even that impressive because you just kind of expect it from him,a€ Jonathan Toews said. a€œRegardless of what our teama€™s doing, hea€™s producing no matter what, and I think thata€™s the most impressive part.a€

Through the highs and the very lows of this Blackhawks season, Kane has been worth watching. Hea€™s reminding everyone on a nightly basis that hea€™s still one of the most dangerous skaters in the NHL, and therea€™s a refinement to his game at 30 that raises the thought of him reaching an even higher level.

Ita€™s going to take heavy construction for the Hawks to get back to where they want to be, but Kanea€™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 hea€™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 Calgarya€™s David Rittich on Monday, but his passes are equally artistic. He had two assists in Wednesdaya€™s overtime loss to Nashville that were as good as goals.

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