Recently acquired New York Rangers right-winger Patrick Kane at age 34 is already one of the all-time greats in NHL history and still has one of the most sought-after jerseys in the league.
EmpireStakes utilized Google Trends to look at the most searched NHL jerseys over the past season by utilizing the phrase “player name jersey” to predict who will be among the league's top 10 jersey sellers at the end of the season.
Taking a break from NY sportsbooks, we then ranked the Top 10 players in terms of searches for their jersey and the most searched region where fans are looking for the jersey, other than the location of the team they play for (at least, we did before Kane was dealt from his longtime home the Chicago Blackhawks to the Big Apple!)
Here are the results, and let's just say that thanks to both local ties and his still elite skills, Kane's jersey sales rankings will likely rise before the end of the year.
Just ask New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson, who already snagged his own.
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Below is the projected top 10 in NHL jersey sales after the current season.
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Kane currently has the fifth most popular jersey, according to EmpireStake’s studies, and his jersey received the most research from New York.
A few factors lead to Kane’s popularity in New York. For starters, he was born in Buffalo, and played junior hockey for the New York Bobcats in Dix Hills.
Like a few players who project to make the Top 10 in most-popular jerseys, Kane is an all-time great , having been named one of the Top 100 Greatest Players in NHL History. Kane, the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, spent the first 15-plus seasons of his career with the Chicago Blackhawks, winning three Stanley Cup titles and winning the league’s MVP (Hart Memorial Trophy) in 2016.
The Rangers (35-17-9) are currently third in the NHL’s Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division. According to Caesars Sportsbook NY, the Rangers have the fifth-highest odds to win the Stanley Cup (+1100) and fourth-highest to win the Eastern Conference (+600).
The Rangers are an overwhelming favorite (-1000) to make the playoffs and +2200 to miss the postseason.
EmpireStakes.com, your source for NY sportsbook promos, will closely follow the Rangers' march into the playoffs.