Sharp Shooter: Patrick Sharp lighting the lamp in Chi-town

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Patrick Sharp has been on fire since the start of the 2010-11 season for the Chicago Blackhawks. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Patrick Sharp has been on fire since the start of the 2010-11 season for the Chicago Blackhawks. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks face several questions heading into the new season after trading away 10 players from the championship-winning roster. Can the Blackhawks repeat as Stanley Cup champions? Will they even make the playoffs? Can the remaining core players pick up for some of the goals lost?

It’s too early to tell whether either of the first two questions will happen, but at this moment, three weeks into the season, the goal scoring question is being answered.

Patrick Sharp, in his sixth season with the Blackhawks and seventh in the NHL, has jumped out of the gate to lead the team in goals in tie with Marian Hossa in points. In only nine games, Sharp has tallied 8 goals, which also ties for the League lead with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos. Considering the Blackhawks have only scored 28 goals in their 10 games played, Sharp accounts for 29% of those goals.

He is quickly becoming a difference maker on a team that already boasts the likes of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.  But the two young superstars have combined for only 4 goals. In three straight games from Oct. 15 through 18, Sharp scored the game-winning goal, one of which was in overtime.

It is still too soon to project numbers and declare Sharp the next Rocket Richard winner, but the 28-year-old left-winger is on pace for a 73-goal season and 100-point campaign for 2010-11. Regardless, Sharp is on his way to break career highs in both goals and points.

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