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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Patrick Kane

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
From May 7 through June 15, will be profiling 30 of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in alphabetical order. Check back daily Monday through Friday, to learn more about the players who could become first round draft picks of the club. Philadelphia has two first round picks, including the second choice overall.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Patrick Kane
2007 Team: London (OHL)
Position: Right wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 5’9’’
Weight: 160
DOB: 11-19-88

2007 Statistics
GP: 58    G: 62    A: 83    PTS: 145    PIM: 52

Patrick Kane is among a group of players that could end up going first or second overall in this year’s draft. The Buffalo, New York native led the Ontario Hockey League in scoring with 145 points in just 58 games, while exploding onto the scene this season in London.

Kane’s hands may be his top asset. He can make plays to set up other teammates for scoring opportunities, or he can flat out score himself thanks to a pinpoint wrist shot. He has tremendous ability on the power play, and despite his smaller size, has a knack for fighting through checks while still keeping control of the puck.

Kane had nine points (5G, 4A) as a member of Team USA’s bronze medal-winning team at the 2007 World Junior Championships in Sweden; was named OHL and CHL Player of the Week on March 18; was named OHL Rookie of the Month in November, February and again in March; was a member of the Western Conference All-Stars for the OHL All-Star Classic; competed in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game in Quebec City; had 102 points for the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2005-06 – setting a record for points in a season (previously held by Phil Kessel); won a gold medal at the 2006 World Under-18 Championships – led the tournament in goals (7), points (12) and was named to the Tournament All-Star Team; and played for the Honeybaked AAA program in Michigan before playing for the U.S. NTDP in 2005-06.

The Flyers say…
“He has very good stick skills.  He can make plays and score goals.”
– General Manager Paul Holmgren

“Patrick Kane is in that top-end mix of guys that we’re going to be looking at. He’s as good a playmaker as he is a goal scorer. He’s one of those guys that when he gets the puck and crosses that blue line, he can see things that other guys can’t. He’s exceptional on the power play, and is a very smart hockey player.”
– Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor

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