Before the arguments begin about why the beloved P-Kane is only ranked at number five on the list, let’s focus on the good.
He is absolutely electric when he has the puck on his stick. Other than Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, Kane may be the best stick-handler in the league. He is a very gifted passer when in the offensive zone and can see the play better than most. His passes are often on the mark and unexpected by the opposition. His wrist-a-bomb (snap shot) is lethal and spot on accurate.
He is a point per game player, and will forever be immortalized with his cup-winning goal in 2010.
At 22, and already a household name, there is still a lot of upside with Kane.
Now let’s shift to Kane when the puck is in the other half of the ice. He may be the worst winger the Hawks have when it comes to in-zone coverage and defensive responsibility. When he is on the ice and the puck is in the Hawks zone it is essentially a 5 on 4.
If Kane is having an off-night offensively (which happens on occasion for three straight games) he is invisible. For such a high profile talent the Hawks cannot afford to have that happen.
Do not get me wrong he is a key ingredient for sure. Kane is a gifted offensive player and he still has time to improve to become a complete player. Although he sells a lot of jerseys, as of now he is a one trick pony.
With his wrist injury, Hawks fans and upper brass should be concerned about his output in the first half of 2011-2012.