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Patrick Kane Signs with Swiss Team

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BIEL, Switzerland (AP) - Swiss hockey club Biel has signed Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane to play during the NHL lockout.

Biel says the 24-year-old former top draft pick is scheduled to arrive in Switzerland on Sunday. Kane, a 3-time All-Star, helped Chicago win the 2010 Stanley Cup.

Biel is currently sixth in the 12-team Swiss top division.

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(EHC Biel Press release / translated from Swiss/Dutch)

As a replacement for the injured Ahren Spylo, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks will storm the EHC Biel.

The No. 1 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, 19.11.1988) respectively has a contract until the end of the current season. 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.

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Assessment of EHCB chief scout Thomas Roost on Patrick Kane

General

Patrick Kane's career, I have been following his appearance at the Junior U18 Championships in Sweden 2006th Opinions 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

Patrick Kane with the puck belongs among 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 so far 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.

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