Kane and Keith did not participate in the optional morning skate for the Blackhawks.

, is one of the NHL‘s elite offensive players who has notched 762 points in 748 games, including 10 points in eight games this season.

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Patrick Kane was playing at an MVP-caliber level last season before breaking his collarbone in February. But he returned in time for the playoffs, helping the Blackhawks win their third Cup in six seasons and his third since joining the team in 2007 after being selected by Chicago as the No. 1 overall in the NHL draft.

For Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, the epiphany came on one of the first plays of a November 2016 game in Edmonton.

Expecting a modest return to form this season was not out of line. But a month into the season, with only two assists and a minus-7 rating in 10 games, it’s safe to say Okposo is beginning to find life apart from a superstar a bit difficult. The Sabres boast Jack Eichel as a potential linemate, but Okposo hasn’t sniffed those elite minutes yet, and with the way Evander Kane is playing, it doesn’t look like he will. He can safely be dropped for now, and should an injury befall Kane or Jason Pominville, we can revisit Okposo’s potential.

Each week during the regular season, NHL.com has you covered with an overview of the fantasy forward landscape. With production trends, injury news and top 100 rankings based on performance and upside in standard Yahoo leagues, fantasy owners should use this information as a basis for roster decision-making.

From Patrick Kane to the duo of Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad to fringe top 100 forwards like Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik, all Blackhawks forwards have taken a fantasy hit during this scoring drought. Although Chicago has high upside any given night, fantasy owners need to consider dropping Schmaltz, Panik, Alex DeBrincat, Ryan Hartman or Patrick Sharp if their struggles continue in the coming days and weeks.

Rookie Alex DeBrincat has shifted to left wing onto a line with Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik, and Brandon Saad has been moved away from Toews and cheap nhl jerseys and onto a line with Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz. Kane has been held without a point in each of his past two games with a combined minus-3 despite nine shots on goal in the span. Toews is in the midst of a seven-game goal drought.

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Adidas Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Home Authentic Stitched NHL Jersey

Though a source told the Chicago Sun-Times that the team asked Kane to stay in Chicago this offseason, a spokesperson for the Blackhawks and Kane said it was his decision. Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller lists Chicago’s Patrick Kane as the NHL player he most admired growing up. In fact, Keller, who like Kane stands 5-foot-10, has tried to model his game after Kane’s.

The Blackhawks, 1-2-1 in their past four games, juggled their forward lines at practice Thursday. In addition to the changes on the first line, forward Richard Panik was shifted to the second line, with Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane.

Kane and Benn also are finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, given by the NHL Players Association to the “most outstanding player” as voted on by fellow players. Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is the other finalist for that award.

The Blackhawks, 1-2-1 in their past four games, juggled their forward lines at practice Thursday. In addition to the changes on the first line, forward Richard Panik was shifted to the second line, with Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane.

“It’s special,” Kane said of reaching 100 points for the first time in his career. “I think that’s kind of a mark you always kind of dream of hitting. For it to happen this year in front of the home crowd with a few games left is pretty special. Keller said he met Kane last season during his freshman year at Boston University. Kane and the Blackhawks practiced at BU while in Boston, and Kane congratulated Keller on Team USA’s win at the IIHF World Junior Championship.