It took Evander Kane 12 games before he would score his first goal of the 2016-17 NHL season, but a slow start was not enough from stopping him to find his stride.
Since his tumultuous start, Kane has scored 14 goals in his last 25 games and currently leads the NHL in even strength goals since December 3rd. For the first time since being traded from Winnipeg, he looks comfortable playing in Head Coach Dan Bylsma’s system.
During his first season with the Sabres, Kane battled through injury; however, still managed to record 20 goals, despite never finding consistency in his game. After another injury on opening night, which caused him to miss 11 games, many wondered whether the power forward would ever be able to stay healthy.
Early on in the season there were multiple reports that the Sabres were shopping Kane;however, has slowly silenced his critics. He has become a dominant and responsible player whom coach Bylsma can rely on night after night.
In 37 games, Kane has recorded 14 goals and 9 assists, to go along with 57 penalty minutes. But it is not just on the score sheet where he is most effective.
Kane uses his size and speed to his advantage, as he often wins battles in the corners and is a nightmare for opposing defenders when he is going full speed. He has a very accurate shot and exceptional vision, as he always seems to find the puck in the offensive zone.
The Vancouver, BC native also contributes on both the power play and penalty kill, as coach Bylsma’s trust really seems to be growing in him.
With 34 games remaining in the NHL season, Evander Kane will look to continue his success, as he will play a vital role in the Sabres contending for the playoffs.