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08:23 AM ET 10.17 | Add versatility to Patrick Kane's already impressive skill set. [So] far Kane is excelling in general manager Stan Bowman's experiment to move the 22-year-old from right wing to the middle. Through the first four games of the season, Kane has been arguably the Hawks' best center. The sample size isn't all that large, but Kane is leading his team in scoring with two goals and four assists for six points and is tied for tops on the Hawks with a plus-3, a good indicator that he's holding up his end defensively. It doesn't end there as Kane has won 56.7 percent of his faceoffs, better than teammate Jonathan Toews (54.4 percent), who took the second-most draws in the league last season.

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October 17, 2011  08:32 AM ET

The Kane experiment. Sounds like the title of a '50s sci-fi movie.

October 17, 2011  09:08 AM ET

"Kane is excelling in general manager Stan Bowman's experiment to move the 22-year-old from right wing to the middle."

That experiment will come to an abrupt end the very first time he tries to come down the middle over the blue line with his head down.

KAH-BOOOOMMM!!!! No more Kane!

October 17, 2011  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"Kane is excelling in general manager Stan Bowman's experiment to move the 22-year-old from right wing to the middle."That experiment will come to an abrupt end the very first time he tries to come down the middle over the blue line with his head down.KAH-BOOOOMMM!!!! No more Kane!

Another science project that failed...

October 17, 2011  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Kane experiment. Sounds like the title of a '50s sci-fi movie.

It's the one where they take the 98 lb weakling that looks like a girl and turn him into a pencil-necked geek with a Napolean complex. Bombed at the box office.

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October 17, 2011  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It's the one where they take the 98 lb weakling that looks like a girl and turn him into a pencil-necked geek with a Napolean complex. Bombed at the box office.

What bombed were the Canucks last year.

October 17, 2011  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

What bombed were the Canucks last year.

Who was it that beat the Hawks in the playoffs last season?

October 17, 2011  10:34 AM ET

Kane is very flexible. He has now taken to roughing up limo drivers in addition to cabbies.

October 17, 2011  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It's the one where they take the 98 lb weakling that looks like a girl and turn him into a pencil-necked geek with a Napolean complex. Bombed at the box office.

Hey. I resemble that remark! Why do you think I chose Napolean as my avatar (for now)?

October 17, 2011  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Kane is very flexible. He has now taken to roughing up limo drivers in addition to cabbies.

I don't want to say Kane's small and a pansy but here he's pictured with Gary Coleman.

October 17, 2011  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I don't want to say Kane's small and a pansy but here he's pictured with Gary Coleman.

Dammit.

October 17, 2011  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Hey. I resemble that remark! Why do you think I chose Napolean as my avatar (for now)?

Slappy your Napolean is a lot tougher. :-)

October 17, 2011  11:06 AM ET

The sample size isn't all that large

They got that right...

October 17, 2011  11:26 AM ET

Patrick Kane's such a big dude, they could only fit his fist (holding some kind of flag?) into the picture!

October 17, 2011  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It's the one where they take the 98 lb weakling that looks like a girl and turn him into a pencil-necked geek with a Napolean complex. Bombed at the box office.

Or Collateral Damage, the one where he takes a cab driver hostage.

October 17, 2011  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Kane experiment. Sounds like the title of a '50s sci-fi movie.

Or a 70's rock band like the Alan Parsons Project, which I believe was some sort of hovercraft.

October 17, 2011  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"...and is tied for tops on the Hawks with a plus-3, a good indicator that he's holding up his end defensively. "Wait, you mean having a good plus/minus is an indicator of good defense? *looks at Lidstrom's Norris from last year*

Hey, hey, he may have been a minus for the year, and he may not have been the best defenseman last year but...I forget how I was defending this.

October 17, 2011  12:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Hey, hey, he may have been a minus for the year, and he may not have been the best defenseman last year but...I forget how I was defending this.

Well he's really old, and he's still pretty good... And he used to be REALLY good... And we don't know if he's coming back next year... And hell, he's won it so many times the engraver's gotten just awesome at stampin' his name onto that trophy...

October 17, 2011  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Well he's really old, and he's still pretty good... And he used to be REALLY good... And we don't know if he's coming back next year... And hell, he's won it so many times the engraver's gotten just awesome at stampin' his name onto that trophy...

I think last year was makeup for them waiting so long to give him his first one.

 
October 17, 2011  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Kane experiment. Sounds like the title of a '50s sci-fi movie.

Check with Canuck...he would have seen it.

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