Patrick Kane has not-so-quietly been one of the best scorers and players in the NHL since being drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in 2007. He immediately put up 72 points en route to the Calder Trophy in his rookie season and has eclipsed 70 points in every full season since then. Over the course of his 12-year career, Kane has averaged 0.39 goals and 0.64 assists for a points-per-game rate of 1.04. That’s seriously impressive.
However, despite his dominance, he quietly put up the best season of his career with little recognition just last year. Kane recorded an incredible 110 points, including a career-high 66 assists and the second most goals of his career with 44 to help the Blackhawks sniff a playoff chance. But he still seemed to gain no respect as he finished in just eighth place in the Hart Trophy voting.
Kane was the driving force on the Blackhawks with 110 points, the third most in the entire NHL (behind only Nikita Kucherov and Connor McDavid), and he only received votes good enough for eighth place for the Hart? That seems a bit odd.
Patrick Kane Hart Odds Will Be a Smart Bet in 2020
Over the past four seasons, Kane has compiled 151 goals and 230 assists for 381 points in 327 games. That is insane. He has averaged 95 points per season with a point-per-game rate of 1.16.
The beginning of that four-year stretch marked the first (and only) time that Kane has won the Hart Trophy. He had a 106-point season (46 goals, 60 assists) to take home the hardware. Another season like that, with a Blackhawks team that should be a contender, should put him right back up there in the Hart Trophy candidates.
Now, going into the 2019-20 season with a fantastic season behind him, Kane has to be able to put the league on notice, right? He is likely playing on a stacked line with Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat (or Brandon Saad, who is no slouch either) and that trio can do some damage.
Kane’s placement in the Blackhawks’ lineup as one of their key contributors on offense no matter the situation — 5-on-5, 4-on-4, power play, overtime — combined with his skill and consistent scoring numbers give him a great chance at winning the Hart Trophy.
It also helps, for betting, that not many people will initially think of Kane as a Hart Trophy candidate. That will give him longer odds and allow you, the bettor, to cash in in a big way if Kane comes through.