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Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane Voted NHL’s Best Stickhandler in NHLPA Poll

The Chicago forward also is the second-best passer in the League to Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom.

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Patrick Kane is the best stickhandler in the NHL, according to the annual NHL Players’ Association poll Thursday.

The Chicago Blackhawks forward received 49.48 percent of the votes for the top spot from nearly 500 NHL players that were surveyed for the poll. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (25.79%) and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche (7.55%) were second and third, respectively.

Kane also finished second (20.3%) to Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals (20.72%) as the best passer in the League. Leon Draisaitl (18.39%) of the Edmonton Oilers was third.

Kane had 51 assists in 56 games during the 2021 season to finish third in the NHL to McDavid (72) and Draisaitl (53). Kane’s 51 assists matched his total from his 70-game 2019-20 campaign.

Kane also earned 3.48% of the vote for the spot for the question, “If you need to win one game, who is the one player (any position) you would want on your team?” McDavid took the top spot (36.74%) over Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins (23.04%). Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (4.57%) took fifth and was the lone non-forward selected among the group.

NHLPA Poll Results

Best goal-scorer: Auston Matthews of Maple Leafs (46.27%)

Best defenseman: Victor Hedman of Lightning (64.71%)

Best goalie: Andrei Vasilevskiy of Lightning (54.12%)

Most complete player: Sidney Crosby of Penguins (23.78%)

If you need to win one game, who is the one player (any position) you would want on your team?: Connor McDavid of Oilers (36.74%)

Best shot: Alex Ovechkin of Capitals (48.95%)

Best stickhandler: Patrick Kane of Blackhawks (49.48%)

Best passer: Nicklas Backstrom of Capitals (20.72%)

Player personality: David Pastrnak of Bruins (42.32%)

Most fashionable: Auston Matthews of Maple Leafs (21.16%)

Most superstitious: Sidney Crosby of Penguins (27.35%)

Would you like to see regional divisions carried forward?: No (68.2%)

Would you like to see a series-style schedule carried forward?: Yes (66.3%)

Which Reverse Retro jersey is your favorite?: Avalanche (28.57%)


Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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