VIDEO: Evander Kane scores his 30th goal of the season

By Chris Dubiel

Evander Kane scored his 30th goal of the season on Tuesday night as the Winnipeg Jets went on to beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 in overtime.

The 20-year old, who has already passed his career high in goals and points (56) this season, hit a milestone and has been the team’s leading goal scorer for much of this season. For a youngster in his third year in the NHL, hitting the 30-goal plateau is a big deal.

Kane started off the 2011-12 campaign slowly, with only 6 points in the month of October but caught fire in late November, finishing that month with 8 goals. Kane’s production slowed down in January when he had to miss time due to a concussion but he came back and has scored six goals in February and five in March. He re-established himself as one of the top threats on the Winnipeg Jets.

Even as a power forward, Kane had instances when he would disappear and not be noticeable when he struggled. His game is predicated on speed and aggressiveness and his production started to turn the corner when he was seen crashing the net with more consistency and making things happen around the goal crease.

He’s capable of scoring the pretty goal, but he’s banked a lot of his scores this year by working hard in front of and around the net. His 30th goal was created by him driving to the net and slamming the puck home from in close in a true workman like effort.


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