Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Vince Maranto on 08/06/11 at 01:59 PM ET
I you have been following this blog (by the way, comments from people other than Red Wings fans are also welcome) you know that I’ve been taking a player or two and giving my thoughts on them. The “Player by Player” series, if you will. Well here’s another.
Let’s tackle the Boy Wonder, Patrick Kane. I’ve never doubted the ability of this Number 1 Draft Pick, or his talent. I will remember his unusual overtime goal in Game 6 against the Flyers forever. However, he seemed to be riding that glory a little last season. I don’t know what’s in a guys head, not to mention it’s been a long time since I’ve been that age, but that’s the feel I got. One thing for sure, the honeymoon is over from the ‘10 Cup and I think Kaner knows it. For one, he is a little older - maturer, I would say yes, judging from his comments and attitude at the HAWKS Convention. His dedication, although always there, seems to be more focused.
Everyone I have talked to that has seen him close up, says that he is noticeable bigger, in a muscular way. I also like the fact that he had his wrist surgery a week or so ago (which appears to be 100% successful). Several times in the past (in all pro sports) an athlete “discovers” that he needs surgery just as training camp begins, forcing them to miss most of it. Kane will be ready to go at the start. In the past, I’ve only had two problems with him. One, shoot more, pass less. Some guys have a knack, for pucks going in. I have seen him score on shots that look like there was no way they were gonna go in. (“Get the puck to the net, and good things will happen” says Edzo). The other problem was I would like to see him get a little more physical. I know it’s not his style, but finish a check here and there for some turnovers. Hopefully, the added muscle will help.
All in all, I am looking forward to see what he does this season. He’s averaged a round a point a game for his career and I’m looking for that to go up.
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