Patrick Kane Reaches 400 Points

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With his assist on the Blackhawks’ goal in Columbus, Patrick Kane reached 400 points in his young career.

He has been a superstar worthy of a number one overall pick, and it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate his career so far.

When you talk about number one overall draft picks, the hype and hope that follows that distinction is undeniable. Obviously an overtime, Cup-clinching goal is good evidence that he has “lived-up” to that billing.

But looking at his performance relative to his draft classmates, Kane’s career gains perspective.

The Blackhawks made Kane the top overall pick in what has turned out to be a good, deep 2007 Draft. There were some legitimate stars in that class, including James vanRiemsdyk, Sam Gagner, Logan Couture, David Perron, Wayne Simmonds and Jamie Benn.

Patrick Kane draft

But consider how those young players have performed in their respective NHL careers to date.

Player Pick GP G A Pts PPG
Patrick Kane 1 426 140 260 400 0.939
Sam Gagner 6 392 87 158 245 0.625
Jakub Voracek 7 247 70 144 214 0.866
David Perron 26 318 83 110 193 0.607
Jamie Benn 129 241 76 100 176 0.730
Wayne Simmonds 61 347 77 85 162 0.467
Logan Couture 9 209 78 70 148 0.708
Max Pacioretty 22 225 61 75 136 0.604
Brandon Sutter 11 313 61 59 120 0.383
James vanRiemsdyk 2 223 61 59 120 0.538

Kane blows away a really good group; he has more assists than any other player in that draft has points to date.

Obviously most of those players haven’t been given the same opportunity that Kane has to play every night in the NHL since the day they were drafted. So let’s carry the comparison one season further back to the Class of 2006. Obviously the Hawks hit a home run in that draft, selecting Jonathan Toews third overall.

Once again, Kane stands out.

Player Pick GP G A Pts PPG
Patrick Kane 426 140 260 400 0.939
Nicklas Backstrom 4 390 104 284 388 0.995
Phil Kessel 5 483 174 178 352 0.729
Jonathan Toews 3 387 155 192 347 0.897
Claude Giroux 22 313 86 182 268 0.856

Only Backstom compares to kane from a point-per-game perspective, but no player from 2006 has reached 400 points in their career yet.

In fact, only two players from the 2005 Draft – Sidney Crosby and Anze Kopitar – have reached the 400 point plateau in their careers.

The experiment at center didn’t work out well, and his wrist injury didn’t help him at all last year. And his off-ice antics have led some to┬áspeculate that the organization should consider him expendable.

But with this benchmark achieved, it should be clear that Kane is a rare, elite talent the Blackhawks are lucky to have on their roster.

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19 Responses to Patrick Kane Reaches 400 Points

  1. EbonyRaptor says:

    Kane is undeniably a great offensive player, as the stats attest, but what most Hawk fans should realize that others may not know, is that he has worked on other areas of his game and has noticeably improved defensively and gotten physically stronger. He has not rested on his laurels and has the hunger and will to get better.

    He is arguably the Hawks MVP this season.

  2. Brian says:

    Trade him…. :)

  3. smitty says:

    I have been very impressed with Kane since he arrived in Chicago as a teenager. He and Toews have been the cornerstones in terms of turning around this franchise. Looking back over the past 50+ years only a very few have been better – and both of these guys are still well short of the prime of their careers. Critics of Kane should stand up and applaud his performance so far this year. He has been our MVP. As a young man he is turning into a much more complete player. Let’s hope the next 400 points all come wearing the Indian head.

  4. Sr. Brad says:

    There’s no doubt he was the best pick in the ’07 draft, not only his PPG% is higher, but his overall points are what count…it means that he has played and produced from day one, which is VERY valuable…

    A player like Kane can help a team win, when you build defensively around him…we did that in ’09 and ’10, but not so much in ’11 and ’12…Kane does his thing and the rest of the team does there’s. It is nice to see him trying much harder this year with backchecking, because it is the key to our team defence.

    Personally, Kane’s style of play is not my highest high, but that’s just me. But when you compare Kane’s stats to Toews, they become very misleading…Kane has produced more points, but hasn’t come close in overall value to the team…Toews, IMO, has been the BEST hockey player in the NHL for 3, going on 4 seasons. His playmaking, his scoring, his defence, his PK, his face-offs, his toughness, his leadership don’t show up on the stats line, BUT THEY MATTER!

    So cheers and thank you to Patrick Kane, but homage to Tazer…

  5. Big Dog says:

    I believe that Kaner has achieved this benchmark because of his teammates. He is surrounded by talent. Other teams have to key on Toews or Hossa etc opening up opportunity for Kane. He is a great young talent I am happy he wears a Hawks sweater, but because hockey is a team sport these kind of stats are a bit misleading

  6. the greek says:

    That argument doesnt fly…Kaner plays on a different line from Tazer and Hoss, with players of lesser talent on his line. Dont take anything away from this kid- he is the real deal, we are lucky to have hime, and you better pray that we can re-sign him.

  7. the greek says:

    I do agree that other teams also have to focus on line # 1, but Kaner is an offensive maestro, his defense and forechecking have improved tremendously…he is a much more mature player and will continue to trend upwards as he gets closer to his prime.

  8. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Tab I hate to keep repeating myself but this article is why you are number 1 for Hawks insight! Nicely done!

  9. William says:

    Who wants Buff back? I say go get him, discuss.

  10. Tab Bamford says:

    Buff discussion: no. Look at his contract. End of disccussion.

  11. Tom Jaremka says:

    Let’s make this perfectly clear……..players like Patrick Kane only come along once in awhile. What he does and how he does it is a gift given to him and he has taken that gift to the highest level. The kid can stick handle in a phone booth!!

    This year he has worked on his defense and gotten bigger, which has helped his overall game. Plus, he is not “full of himself” and gives back to the hockey community.
    This kid is a “keeper”.

  12. Gou says:

    Thank you for putting closure to this fine young talent.

    One can only hope he ends his career in Chi-town along with the rest of the solid core group that would keep this team in contention for years to come.

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