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Versteeg on Kane: ‘He’s turning into a man; he’s not a little boy anymore’

Dec 22, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is having perhaps his best season in the NHL.

He’s second in the league in points, trailing only Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, and he’s been getting it done both by scoring goals (21) and assisting teammates (27).

After putting the party-boy headlines in the past, linemate Kris Versteeg tells Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times Kane is all grown up now.

“I think he’s a bigger goal-scorer because his physical maturity has come a long way,” Versteeg said. “He’s turning into a man; he’s not a little boy anymore. He definitely has always been the best player I’ve ever seen in my life on edges and the way he can get away from guys and get away from checks and create room for himself. Now, when you get older and stronger, that’s just going to create more for him.”

Kane’s play this season has him in the discussion for the Hart Trophy. Being that close to Crosby in the points race will make that happen, but so will being fourth in the league in goals.

While he’s nine back of Alex Ovechkin in that race, he’s a major reason why Chicago is sitting pretty in the Western Conference.

  1. elemeno89 - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    The kid is a monster. Really happy to see him flourish.

  2. esracerx46 - Dec 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Remember when a lot of people wanted the Hawks to trade Kane? You know like 2 years ago.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      I’ll be the first (and probably the only one) to admit that I was hoping for a trade a couple of years ago. Kane seemed to be headed in the wrong direction, and I was frustrated by him and his play.

      I’m man enough to admit I was wrong – very wrong.

      Kaner has matured on and off the ice, and I couldn’t be happier for him and the Hawks.

      Now I just hope the morons in the media (and some nhl fans) will STOP with the references to his prior off-ice issues. It has been long enough since his immaturity was a problem. It’s clearly no longer an issue, yet they continue to mention it as if it was just a few months ago. (The Chicago media is even included in that group – TO THIS DAY!!!) Move on, sports writers, that’s really old news.

      • shamu1the1whale - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        I totally agree about the constant rehashing about his old off-ice life. He’s a completely different guy now. I’ve always liked Kane, he seems like a really down to earth, laid back and likeable guy who really is quite humble when you hear him in interviews.

      • thesportsjudge - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        It is a part of his story though. It will always be there, and mentioned. I’m surprised Hawks fans wouldn’t want it mentioned as it shows how he has truly progressed as opposed to just saying he has reached his potential(although I think there is more, he isn’t capped yet.)

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      I was one as well. Glad to see he’s turned it around.

  3. shamu1the1whale - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Patty Kane! Awesome to see him doing so well this year. Kaner rocks. Go Team USA!!

  4. blackhawks2010 - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Kaner is a magician with the puck, he’s scary. Hart would look good on #88’s mantle along with his Cups and Conn Smythe.

  5. namriverrat69 - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Unfortunately you cannot out live your past. There will always be somebody to remind the masses of your previous shortcomings or misdeeds. As time passes those people are fewer and farther between. All they are doing is trying to drag Kane down to their level so they will feel better about themselves.

    The cool part about all that is we can just ignore them and not respond to their posts with a yay or nay. Just leave their posts 0 and 0. Then they are only posting to themselves and hopefully will give it up.

    I’m a King’s season ticket holder and love the game of hockey. I’ve followed Kane since he first came into the league. He immediately lived up to his hype on the ice. He just gets better with age and like all top stars is so much fun to watch win or lose for my team. Of course, I would rather beat the Hawks but we can’t always get what we want. This year is a whole new game.

    GO KINGS!!

    Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

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