In 2011-12, Patrick Kane did everything that was asked of him and handled it well.
Whether he was playing at center or wing, alongside Jonathan Toews or Marian Hossa, first line or second line, he continued to play important minutes for the Blackhawks. By season’s end, he registered 66 points (23G, 43A), adding another four assists in the Blackhawks’ playoff series against Phoenix.
But beyond the top-line statistics, Kane once again proved his importance to the Blackhawks; the deeper you dig, the easier it is to see why he is one of the NHL’s elite talents.
3 – With his goal on Mar. 31 against Vancouver, Kane became only the third Blackhawk in history to score 20 goals in each of his first five NHL seasons, behind only Denis Savard and Toews. He's also one of three active NHL players to begin his career with 20 goals and 40 assists in each of his first five seasons, along with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.
4 - Number of game-deciding shootout goals for Kane, second-best in the NHL. None, however, we more impressive than this one, which he tallied against the Minnesota Wild.
5 – Game-winning goals scored by Kane in the 2011-12 season, third-most on the Blackhawks. The total was just shy of Kane’s career-best six game-winners, which he scored in 2009-10.
10 – In the 22 games that fellow top scorer Toews missed with an injury in 2011-12, Kane picked up the slack, scoring 10 goals and adding another seven assists in that span.
15 – Multi-point games for Kane this year, the fourth-most among the Blackhawks. Chicago was 12-0-3 in those games.
17- Points recorded by Kane against teams within the Central Division, which was third behind only Hossa and Patrick Sharp. Kane also tied for second on the team in points scored against teams outside the division with 49.
20 – Road assists by Kane, most on the Blackhawks this season.
77 – Number of takeaways by Kane this season, a new career-high. Many of the takeaways came while Kane played center, the first time he’s been at the pivot full-time since joining the NHL ranks.
240 – Faceoffs won by Kane over the season, fifth-most on the team despite splitting time between wing and center.
253 – Total shots on goal by Kane, second-most on the team this season behind only Sharp.
1656:12 – Kane’s total time on ice in the 2011-12 regular season, which was the most among Blackhawks forwards. Kane also led the team in even-strength and power-play TOI, as he was one of only two Chicago skaters to appear in all 82 games.