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Patrick Kane Has Delusions of Grandeur

Sep 24, 2007 – 4:17 PM
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Greg Wyshynski

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The NHL sends out a daily e-digest of news and notes to media each day -- usually a collection of newspaper highlights, upcoming events and the occasional shout out to the online hockey community. At the end of today's edition was a quote from forward Patrick Kane, selected first overall in the 2007 Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. I don't know where he said it, or who reported it, but I do know it's a hell of a sound byte for a rookie in the Windy City:
"I remember how good Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were for the Bulls, and who doesn't know about Brian Urlacher and the Bears? Maybe Jonathan (Toews) and I could re-energize Blackhawk fans the way Savard and Larmer did in the 1980s and Jeremy Roenick did later."
I know we're talking about a kid here -- although one that's been compared to a young Pat Lafontaine -- and I know this is the kind of "rah-rah" thing that a newbie on a team that's missed the postseason in eight of the last nine seasons needs to say. But could you imagine a rookie on the Islanders in Kane's position saying, "I remember how good Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were for the Yankees...?" That's some serious Blackhawk bollocks right there...

It's true that Kane and Toews have brought some sunshine to Chicago -- even as they skate under that eternal cloud of melancholia named Bill Wirtz -- with Kane potentially making the big leagues as a true rookie and Toews being mentioned as a candidate to win the first Calder for the Blackhawks since Ed Belfour in 1991. But it's not like we haven't seen rookie duos hyped as the future of a franchise only to see them become footnotes; ask Pavel Brendl and Jamie Lundmark about that. Or for a more Windy City appropriate comparison, ask Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler.
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