Evander Kane is 6-feet, 2-inches, 195-pounds, about to turn 23 years old, and a five-year NHL veteran. He’s got four years left on a contract with a $5.2 million cap hit. He’s a winger who shoots left. Kane scored 19 goals in 61 games for the Jets last year, and shot just 7.6 per cent, which means the Jets are selling low if they move this player now, given the NHL’s fixation on basic boxcar stats like goal scoring. Kane killed penalties for the Jets and got some power play time as well, though he wasn’t always on the first power play unit. He led all Jets forwards with 173 hits. He was part of a group of Jets who got outscored when Kane was on the ice at even strength, but managed to out-shoot the opposition by a wee bit. He played with a wide variety of teammates, most commonly (in order) Tobias Enstrom, Mark Scheifele, Oli Jokinen, Dustin Byfuglien, Devin Setoguchi, Michael Frolik, Zach Bogosian, Blake Wheeler and Jacob Trouba, the other key players on a mediocre Jets team. Last year, Kane was an OK attacking player with some bad puck luck. As for his defence, who knows? You’d have to watch Kane closely over the season to know that, as the stats are pretty much silent on this aspect of a winger’s game.
Evander Kane of is on the market. Does a deal to the Oilers make sense?
Edmonton Journal | Jun 18