Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane may have lost his primary running mate when Artemi Panarin was traded this offseason, but that doesn’t diminish his standing among the NHL’s top wingers, according to a new ranking.
That ranking, published by the NHL Network, says that Kane is the top winger in the NHL, beating out players like Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov and Boston’s Brad Marchand.
Kane, who won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP in 2016, followed it up with another strong season last year, scoring 34 goals and dishing out 55 assists for the Blackhawks as they won the Central Division title.
Kucherov and Marchand finished second and third in the ranking, respectively. St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko and Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn rounded out the top five.
Kane’s former linemate Panarin finished in ninth place in the ranking.