Winnipeg Jets LW Evander Kane Needs More Help to Realize Potential

By Patrick Schmidt
Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets left wing Evander Kane is starting to heat up with four points in his team’s last two games and looks to build on the success of his first 30-goal season in 2011-2012.

The fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft has increased his point total in each of his first three full seasons and established career-highs in goals and assists last season to finish with 57 points in 74 games despite not having much support around him. The Jets two leading scorers this season are both defensemen and Kane has had do without a dynamic center setting him up for easy scoring chances throughout his career.

Kane will have a difficult time making it four straight seasons with an increase in his point total as a result of the shortened season, but he can improve his efficiency and playmaking skills. One of the drawbacks to Kane’s game is that he needs to take a high volume of shots to get his point totals and isn’t much of a threat on the power-play.

For his career, Kane only has 18 power-play points in 217 games. The 6-2 195-pound Vancouver native needs to step up his game this season for the Jets to continue their hot start to the season. Averaging 2.5 goals per game has the Jets 19th in the league in scoring, so If Kane can show improvement on the man advantage, then the Jets can increase their goal production as they battle for first place in the Southeast division.

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