It’s finally happened. A vital member of the Blackhawks is heading overseas.
With that, Patrick Kane becomes the fifth Blackhawks player to head overseas, signing with EHC Biel of National League A in Switzerland. Michael Frolik was the first to sign with a European team, going to Piráti Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga. Michal Rozsival then signed with HC Plzeň in the same league. Soon after, Bryan Bickell signed with Orli Znojmo of the Erst Bank Eishockey Liga, also known as the Austria Hockey League. Viktor Stalberg signed with Frölunda of Elitserien.
You know what this means. More fun with Google Translate with the official article from EHC Biel! (Don’t worry — I’ll be posting a real translation later on tonight.)
EHC Biel obliged NHL star Patrick Kane!
As a replacement for the injured Ahren Spylo new Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks will storm the EHC Biel.
The No1-Overall Pick in the 2007 Draft completed in his career so far total 450 NHL games and has recorded 421 total points scorer (146 goals / 275 assists). Patrick Kane (USA, 11.19.1988) has signed a contract until the end of the season, respectively. signed until the end of the NHL lockout. Kane will arrive on Sunday in Biel. He is like Tyler Seguin fully funded privately and burdening the ordinary budget of the EHC Biel not Sports AG.
EHC Biel Sports AG
Assessment of EHCB chief scout Thomas Roost on Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane’s career, I have been following his appearance at the Junior U18 Championships in Sweden 2006thOpinions were divided: Can it despite its shortcomings concerning size and weight will be a dominant NHL player?
Initially divided opinions differed after the World Cup undivided enthusiasm ultimately in No.1-overall pick in the NHL Draft culminated. Patrick Kane after the Draft immediately wrapped in the NHL. He has great skills and can play both wing and center as what the coach gives additional options. Off the ice, he is not a child of sadness.
Strengths: With the puck Patrick Kane is one of the best hockey players in the world. He has a rarely seen combination of playmaker and Goalscorer qualities. His offensive game is world class understanding. The same goes for his shots and stick handling skills. His control disc is a delight. It requires very little time and space for its sophisticated wrist shot. Risch runs he is also very good, its acceleration is reminiscent of Tyler Seguin and his lateral mobility is very impressive.What I personally like also extremely well his small deceptions which he prefixing his actions. He understands very well the enemy to hide his true intentions with the puck.
Weaknesses: Patrick Kane has trouble in “Infight” with big, strong defenders, his physical drawbacks led previously in his career a little (too) often cause injury. In the game without disc Kane has significant shortcomings. His defensive position, he does not always taken seriously enough.Kevin Schlaepfer is required in this regard. And off the ice, he still enjoys (not) always enjoyed the reputation of the pattern professionals.
“Off the ice, he is not a child of sadness.” This is the most apt description of Patrick Kane ever.
Kane will be joining the Boston Bruins’ Tyler Seguin on the team, which should put all of the bars and beer gardens in and around Biel out of business within the next month. Hide your lagers and your ladies, Switzerland.