Winnipeg Jets Need Evander Kane To Step Up In Playoff Race

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As we head down the final stretch, in this final week of the regular season, the Winnipeg Jets find themselves in a position that many were not expecting. A playoff spot is within reach, though the onus is on them to take advantage of that opportunity.

We’ve already seen a couple of key players step up in a big way in an effort to propel to Jets into the top eight in the Eastern Conference. Andrew Ladd is a prime example of that, as he’s been on an absolutely torrid run for the Jets of late.

One player that they’re going to need to get a bit more out of here in the last set of games in the regular season is Evander Kane. A potentially elite player, Kane hasn’t been seen on the score sheet as often as anyone associated with the Jets would like.

On the season, Kane has 32 points, with an even split between goals and assists. Neither one is a terrible total by any stretch of the imagination, but coming off of a 57-point campaign that included 30 goals, most would hope that Kane was going to take that next step towards becoming elite.

While his numbers on the season are nothing to hang your head at, he hasn’t demonstrated the consistency of late that the Jets really need out of him if they’re going to crack the top eight in the East. He has six points in 10 games in April, with just three of them coming via the goal.

Kane has been able to make an impact in other ways, particularly the physical game. His 140 hits lead the team. But the Jets need more from him in the offensive end. If not, they’ll likely be watching the postseason from home for the second consecutive year since returning to Winnipeg.