Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Sugar Kane

Patrick Kane
Country: USA
Position: RW
League: OHL
Team: London Knights
Height: 5'10''
Weight: 160
Shoots: Left
Scouting Report: London’s electrifying right wing has done nothing but improve his draft stock week-to- week .. this special forward offers the most impressive array of offensive skills in the draft .. has an innate offensive sense about him that cannot be taught .. has resolute confidence when the puck is on his stick .. can sidestep, spinorama, deke, toe drag his way around anyone, anytime .. is proactive and can create a rush on a whim .. gets the green light from coach Hunter to press the play at all times .. not the most textbook skater but earns his dough with his shiftiness .. elusive and slippery to the utmost degree .. plays in all situations and can log longwinded shifts .. elite stickhandler .. shows impressive offensive zone fundamentals to back up his offensive flair .. takes basic shots and reinforces his knack for scoring goals .. can beat goalies with a snap, slap, wrist, backhand, or redirect shot that is accurate and hard .. is a light backchecker to say the least .. is muscled off the puck easily along the boards due to light weight .. is a target for heavy checks at times .. only has a willingness to go into rough areas of the ice when a scoring opportunity presents itself .. Kane is a prospect whose ordinary defense should not be a roadblock to success in the NHL .. he is a rare and dynamic talent who will soon be an exciting NHL player.
2006-2007 Regular Season Stats
58 games 62 goals 83 assists 145 points +42 52 PIM
2007 Playoff Stats
16 games 10 goals 21 assists 31 points +2 16 PIM
WJC - Team USA
7 games 5 goals 4 assist 9 points +2 4 PIM
Draft Day Status/Projection: Kane is deserving of the number one overall selection. In our estimation, there are only two players who could overtake him as the top draft pick: Voracek and Van Riemsdyk. If a team like CHI or PHI prefers a little more brawn, while not minding a slight drop off in finesse, Kane may slip a spot or two. However, DraftBuzz ranks him #1 overall and expects him to be the first draft eligible selected on June 22nd.
(photo courtesy of DEREK RUTTAN, The London Free Press)


rick1042 said...

I could see Kane going first overall to Chicago but my only concern is that they don't rush him to the NHL. From what I have read on him, I think he could use some time in the juniors and the AHL to improve his defense which in turn, with his speed and stickhandling skills, will improve his offensive game.

Darren said...

Tough call concerning where Kane should play next year. He has already thrashed apart the OHL this year but there will be concerns with the size issue going straight into the NHL. He can't play in the AHL. Chicago will be looking better with a Toews/Kane combo in the future. I want to see that franchise get back on its feet.