Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane Still Searching for His 'A' Game

Mikal ElyseCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2010

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 11: Andrej Sekera #44 of the Buffalo Sabres skates ahead of Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks at HSBC Arena on October 11, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. Chicago won 4-3. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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As critics continue to hold the Blackhawks' dilemma accountable to the Cup hangover and the departure of key members, it is in fact quite obvious answer to their struggles.

Multiple reasons cause a team’s struggles.

Personally, I have established multiple times on the issue of missing Brian Campbell and overworking Duncan Keith, so I will not be stressing that factor here.

Rather, I am going to be emphasizing on the disappointment of Patrick Kane so far this season.

Kane has had rather impressive numbers since starting in the NHL.

He racked up at least 70 points in three seasons on the Blackhawks, and even having a plus/minus rating of plus-16 in the 2009-2010 regular season.

And who can forget the Stanley Cup overtime winning goal he shot last June?

So where has Kane been? 

Various fans tease that he is still drunk since the parade, while others suppose he is just in a temporary slump.

We all know he can improve his game than what he has produced so far (minus-six rating and only two goals).

After his dreadful performances on the ice as of late, coach Joel Quenneville has moved Kane down to the third line.   

Kane is naturally a point per game player, with him missing his poise; it seems the Blackhawks are missing perfect opportunities to win.

His confidence level seemingly is going down the drain after each game.  It has been noted he realizes his deplorable performance is affecting not only himself but the entire team.

If Kane can become the player he was last season, with the right degree of attitude, confidence and enthusiasm… the Blackhawks hangover rumors can, with no trouble, be thrown out the window.

Mikal Elyse is a Featured Columnist for and co-owner of