Kane scored a goal, posted a plus-2 rating and registered four shots on net during Monday's loss to Calgary.
It's been business as usual through seven games for Kane. He has returned two goals and six assists with a plus-7 rating and 22 shots on net. While the supporting cast around him might be the weakest it has been since he entered the league, it hasn't impacted Kane's offense. Barring injury, he'll take another run at the Art Ross Trophy while rewarding fantasy owners in the process.
Kane delivered a goal and three helpers in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Flyers.
That's back-to-back multiple-point efforts for Kane, who has scribbled the scoresheet with one score and five assists in that span. Curiously, he's only contributed one point -- a helper -- with the man advantage in the first four games, but given that he's skating for 3:43 in such situations, it's only a matter of time before he takes off.
The five-time NHL All-Star struggled in the first two games of the season, but it was just a matter of time before he'd crack the scoresheet. Kane cruised to a career-high 106 points (46 goals, 60 assists) in 82 games last season, but he might have a tough time approaching that gaudy total this year due to Chicago having six rookies on the roster. At least this way, we'll get to see how well the leadership hat fits him.
Kane had a poor showing in Wednesday's season opener against St. Louis, failing to tally a single point while registering a minus-2 rating over 23:34 of ice time.
The Blackhawks struggled as a whole Wednesday evening, falling to the team that knocked them out of last year's playoffs by a score of 5-2 at home. There are bound to be some growing pains for Chicago early on this season as the team attempts to adapt to a youth-filled lineup that included six rookies Wednesday against the Blues. The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner will look to bounce back Friday against a Predators squad he fared well against last season, tallying five points (three goals, two assists) in five games against Nashville.
Kane was presented with the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player at the NHL Awards ceremony Wednesday, and also won the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player as voted by the players.
Kane is just the second American-born player to win the Hart Trophy in NHL history, and the first Blackhawks player to take home the award since Stan Mikita won it in 1968. Both awards are well deserved, as Kane was fantastic this season, setting career highs in goals (46), assists (60) and shots on goal (287). The gifted winger's whopping 106 total points were enough to earn him the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer in 2015-16. At 27-years-old, Kane is currently in the prime of his career, and should be in line for another monster season in 2016-17 barring injury.