He’s a three-time All-Star with the Chicago Blackhawk. He also has won several of the NHL’s most notable awards including the Conn Smythe Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award, and the Art Ross Trophy.
And, he has had his name etched three times on the Stanley Cup.
He has also played in the Olympics where he represented the United States. The guy is good – really good. So lets take a look at Patrick Kane’s skates!
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What makes him so good?
He’s fast. He’s agile. He’s creative.
And, he can make scoring goals look easy. Once Kane gets the puck, he moves speedily toward the goal.
While defensemen don’t fear him, they do have to be on their toes to keep him from scoring. His drives toward the goal are incredibly creative as he bobs and weaves with the grace of a boxer. It’s easy to see why he has been one of the most challenging to cover man-to-man.
Along with his speed and agility, he can work the stick. He can out skate most defensemen and he can move the puck in the blink of an eye. He knows where his teammates are and can quickly flip the puck to them. He’ll take an assist just as quickly as he’ll take a goal. Whether he scores or gets an assist, his moves often show up on highlight reels. He clearly knows the game and he knows how to get the most out of his teammates and his opponents.
Another reason that Kane is so good is that he can create plays practically out of thin air. He seems to know where his teammates will be before they do. His puck placement shows it. Since the opposing players know what he can do, they are often out of place which gives him even more opportunities to make plays and score goals.