Two months after the Blackhawks were ousted in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second consecutive season, Patrick Kane has turned his attention to the 2017-18 campaign and he's already excited about the young faces who are expected to take the next step.
Particularly, Ryan Hartman and Nick Schmaltz were two of the team's top rookies last year, and will play major roles in the Blackhawks' pursuit of getting back to The Promised Land, something Kane believes can happen.
"I think for us, yeah we might be getting a little bit older, but I don't think we're slowing down," Kane said in a sit-down interview with CSN. "We have some young guys that will be even better than they were last year. Hartman had a great year but I think he can be better. I think Schmaltz will be even better. He's a guy to watch coming into the season. He's got all the talent in the world and can do some special things."
Kane also talked about using their first-round sweep at the hands of the Nashville Predators as motivation for next year, and taking advantage of his prime years in the NHL.
Watch the full interview in the video above.
Also, be sure to check back with CSNChicago.com during our NHL Draft coverage from June 22-24, as Kane joins us to reminisce about his draft day and how it forever changed his life.