Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Closer Look at the Chicago Blackhawks- Patrick Kane

Combined with the aforementioned Jonathan Toews from a previous post, Patrick Kane serves as the additional cornerstone to the Blackhawks young core of star players. Drafted as the #1 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, many an opponent have been outsmarted by Kane. What he lacks in size he makes up for in speed and stick handling and is equally adept at putting the puck in the net as he is looking to distribute it to one of his linemates.
His Wikipedia entry shows, "At the age of fourteen, Patrick Kane relocated to Michigan where he lived with former NHL player, Pat Verbeek, having been convinced to play for the Honeybaked AAA hockey club in Detroit. The club is a part of the Midwest Elite Hockey League. Kane's career with Honeybaked lasted for 3 years. The London Knights drafted Kane in the 5th round of the 2004 Ontario Hockey League Midget Draft, but Kane did not choose to play for the Knights until the 2006–07 season. Instead, Kane played for the United States U-18 National Team Development Program (NTDP) where he led the team in scoring with 102 points during the 2005–06 season. Kane's junior career started off with a bang. Playing on a line with Sergei Kostitsyn and Sam Gagner, he amassed 145 points for the OHL scoring title and combined with Gagner and Kostitsyn for 394 points."
On the rookie card front, again the staple would have to be the 2007-08 Upper Deck Young Gun RC pictured above. Another card seeing a current secondary market value indicative of a "buyer's market" now is the time to pick up a Kane RC for around $25 ungraded. Like the Toews RC this is another card that has tremendous upside when the Hawks eventually win The Cup. An increase of 300% is not out of the question.


ben said...

i never knew that kane went to live w pat verbeek-- wonder how he managed that? (other than the honeybaked sponsorship, i guess.)

PatsCards said...

There is also a story floating around out there that Scotty Bowman helped Kane make the choice between playing for London or going the US College route.

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