The Winnipeg Jets got a surprising 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, and young winger Evander Kane continued to build on a six-game point streak. Kane continues to be one of the most consistent performers on a Jets team that has struggled to an 8-9-1 record yet still finds itself in second place in a weak Southeast Division. He had the game-winning goal against the Devils on Sunday, his second game-winner of the season.
Kane’s seven goals and 15 points reflect his balanced contribution to the offense, but his impact for the Jets goes far beyond offense. In a heated first period against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, Kane not only had a goal but showed a willingness to drop the gloves and stand toe-to-toe with the Flyers’ Luke Schenn. Kane has never shied away from fisticuffs, and brings a combination of toughness and skill to the Winnipeg roster. He may be the highest-paid player on the team, but he has performed at a level that more than justifies his contract and he will be the piece the Jets build the team around moving forward.
Kane’s current point streak is his second of five games or more this season, as he also registered points in five straight games in January. He has points in all but two of the team’s wins this season, which further shows his value to the club. Kane has built chemistry with Alex Burmistrov and Nik Antropov in his third season, and the Jets should be able to continue to be competitive as long as he is healthy.