PATRICK KANE Right wing London Knights (Ontario Hockey League) 5-9, 162 pounds Central Scouting Final Ranking: No. 2
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Kane won the Canadian Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League scoring titles as a rookie with 145 points (62 goals) in 58 games.
“An offensive wizard,” is how Panther director of scouting Scott Luce describes Kane.
“He has slick puck skills, he’s elusive, he isn’t timid, and he makes things happen,” Luce added. “There’s a lot of upside to his game.”
Luce isn’t the only one impressed by Kane. Teammate Sam Gagner said, “He’s really blown me away with his talent.”
Central Scouting, which ranks Kane No. 2 among all North American skaters, says the right winger has “high-end passing skills” and is able to “fight through checks and protect the puck.” Kane is also very good at anticipating the play and has a good wrist shot.
In 2005-06, Kane had 102 points for the U.S. National Under-18 Team, surpassing the previous record of 98 set by Phil Kessel. Rated a big performance with nine points (five goals) as a member of Team USA’s bronze medal-winning team in the 2007 World Junior Championships.
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