Fantasy Hockey 2013: Sleeper Watch; Evander Kane
Young talent in the NHL is one of the more exciting things to watch for. In fact, they often make for terrific sleepers in fantasy hockey. Arguably, Winnipeg Jets left winger Evander Kane is one of the most promising young players in the league right now and should be on many fantasy radars.
Kane has continued to improve year after year, totaling 26 points in his rookie campaign to 43 in his sophomore season to 57 last year. He also netted an impressive 30 goals a season ago. Fantasy production has the possibility of going through the roof with this kid, as he shot the buck nearly 300 times last year. When a player as talented as Kane shoots the puck that much, good things will happen. He also had 221 shots blocked by opposing netminders, which finished tops among the league, while he also had 74 shots miss the net, ranking inside the top 10. Clearly, the amount of shots alone will allow Kane to produce big time points.
The Jets may be a young team, but they are getting better each and every day. The supporting cast is filled with young talent, such as Andrew Laad, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Wellwood. Kane’s athleticism is impressive. He has blazing speed with a quick release to match, making him a threat to score every time he steps out onto the ice. Keep in mind that Kane is only 21-years old and has already played three seasons in the league so his ceiling is incredibly high.
We may be looking at a future perennial 30-goal scorer in Kane. Watch out for him in fantasy land in 2013 and beyond.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football/hockey columnist for Rant Sports.
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