It’s Showtime!

Allie Ryan, Editor

Is Patrick Kane, Chicago’s Mr.Showtime, the next Wayne Gretzky or Bobby Hull?

Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks first overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, is the greatest player in the National Hockey League this season. He broke the record for the highest consecutive point-streak for the Hawks by extending his point streak to 24 games on December 10th against the Nashville Predators. He beat the franchise record established by Bobby Hull from December 5 to January 23 during the 1971-72 season. Kane also has the record for the longest point streak held by an American player.

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Nobody can take away what I did. I know I worked hard to do the things I did and if he’s able to break it, good for him. Records are made to be broken. I’m going to watch him and if he breaks the record I’ll be the first guy to shake his hand.”

— Wayne Gretzky

Kane is an unstoppable force this year and in the last 24 games. He’s meshing brilliantly with teammates Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov. Kane’s point total for the season now stands at an astounding 43 in the first 28 games, now six points ahead of second-place Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. He sits at or near the top of nearly every major offensive stat category in the NHL. Kane’s goal on December 9 was also his 600th career point, making him the first of the 2007 NHL draft class to reach the milestone.

Although he stands out with his impressive stats, Kane also won his first Stanley Cup in 2010. He won his second Stanley Cup in 2013 and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs. Kane won his third Stanley Cup in 2015 as the Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kane also represented the United States at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.

Patrick Kane is incredible and nothing like our generation has ever seen before, but he still sits far behind Wayne Gretzky with the all-time leading point streak of the NHL (51 points). In a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune, Gretzky said, “Nobody can take away what I did. I know I worked hard to do the things I did and if he’s able to break it, good for him. Records are made to be broken. I’m going to watch him and if he breaks the record I’ll be the first guy to shake his hand.”

The next record for Kane to defeat is Sidney Crosby’s 25 straight consecutive point games in 2010-11. Others between him and Gretzky during a single season are Paul Coffey (28), Gretzky (28, 30, 39, 51), Guy Lafleur (28), Mario Lemieux (28, 46), Mats Sundin (30), and Steve Yzerman (28).

Check out this impressive video of Mr. Showtime himself, thanks to GoPro! https://youtu.be/OFX9E-SpZQs?t=13s