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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.

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