Meet Evander Kane … penalty killer?

Yep, you read that right. The young man who has never met a shot he hasn’t liked is taking on a role with a lot less flair. He and Alex Burmistrov are now usually the first two forwards out on the ice when the Jets are killing a penalty.

“For not having had that role for some time with us, he’s done a real good job there,” head coach Claude Noel said.

The coaching staff is looking for some speed when it comes to killing off two minutes, and Burmistrov and Kane, along with James Wright, fit that bill.

“I killed penalties in my first year in the league, and I’ve killed penalties at the world championships and various other times,” Kane said Sunday. “I enjoy killing penalties. It’s good. I’m just trying to embrace any role that’s given to me, do the best I can.”

Kane had a grand total of three minutes and 27 seconds of penalty killing ice time last year over the course of 74 games, which was good for 20th on the team. This year he has already reached 4:37, and that total only promises to increase.

“If you get guys that have speed like that, there’s some smart players out there,” Noel said. “You get the puck recovered on the penalty kill, you could really back people off.

“If they’ve only got one defenceman back there sometimes you spring people loose. That makes you change a little bit of your mindset on the power play. It’s something we talked about.”