Winnipeg Jets winger Evander Kane yet to show true potential

3/31/14 in NHL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsIt was just 2 years ago that Winnipeg Jets winger Evander Kane proved himself to have some real talent when he scored 30 goals while at the young age of 20. With that done he entered the group of NHL players which are labelled as talented prospects. That was a pretty good attempt from someone so new to the NHL.
 
And then last year he again put up a great performance throughout the season by scoring a total of 17 goals. The season was a shortened one because of lockouts but considering if it hadn’t happened then the estimates conclude he might have scored somewhere near 29 goals.
 
But this year things are not going in his favour and he is having trouble even making it to the 20 goal mark. The regular season still has 7 games to offer until the playoffs but he still stands at 17 goals. He has been having a rough time this season as injury after injury has been plaguing his form and he has scored only 3 goals after January 5. It would seem that after giving 2 good years he might be giving a consistent performance but injuries have been getting in the way and some games are simply not going well for him.
 
Jets head coach Paul Maurice said that the injuries were minor and had nothing to do with Kane’s performance. He did acknowledge that Kane had been giving some bad performances but like any good coach stood up for that and explained why that was happening.
 
“In each game you go back, he’s going to get one or two chances. The breakaway the other night (in San Jose), he had another good shot off the rush,” Maurice said. “He’s a guy that’s probably had as much of a challenge with guys going out of our lineup than anybody, because he’s played with somebody different just about every night with all the adjustments that we’ve made.”
 
He added that he had been crucial in the power plays and had bolstered the offense. Even though injuries had been a factor he had faced them well and was doing fine.
 
“And his pace has been pretty good, his physicality. He’s fought through some injuries and played through them. I’ve liked him on the point on the power play. We generated some offence there.”
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