The Buffalo Sabres home opener is just days away. Heading into this year it’s playoffs or bust for most fans, but is the roster talented enough for the Sabres to end its five year playoff drought?
As the regular season draws near, 7ABC will take a closer look at the training camp roster and put together our list of the “Top 20 Talents.”
Here’s the criteria on how the rankings will be established:
-Overall skill level
-Age, improving/declining ability
On to the countdown:
No. 6 LW Evander Kane
Why he’s here
When Kane got to Buffalo there were lofty expectations, and early in his first season, he met them.
At times, the winger left us asking "how could a team trade this guy?"
Then, the troubles off the ice started piling up, and things made a little more sense. Regardless, in his first season with the Sabres, Kane finished with 20 goals and 15 assists in 65 games.
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) September 23, 2016
Kane is now going to counter sue. He claims woman's comments were baseless and false. @WKBW
— Hannah Buehler (@HannahBuehler) August 2, 2016
Evander Kane loves to shoot the puck. We learned that last season and we're going to see the same this year, but hopefully they'll be 'better' shots. I'm a firm believer that throwing the puck to the net generates scoring chances -- but sometimes it does seem like Kane is wasting his shots. Think about all the times we saw Kane shoot from the side of the net or just inside the blue line. While getting the puck to the blue paint is important—It is also important to remember that Kane will likely start the year on a line with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart, at least that's what Reinhart hinted on Tuesday.
During the preseason, this line showed some nice chemistry in the time they played together. Last year, as mentioned earlier, Kane only registered 15 assists. He'll need to spread the love more this season playing with such talented players.
Moral of the story – Kane needs to keep shooting, that’s what makes him such a talent but when he doesn’t have a good angle, he needs to look for his super talented line mates.
Evander Kane is a talented player but his first year with the Sabres didn’t go according to plan. Assuming he has a more under the radar season, I have lofty expectations for Kane. I don’t know if he’ll be the 30-goal-scorer Sabres fans were hoping he would be – But there’s no reason to think he can’t flirt with that number and score 25 goals consistently.
2016 Projection75 GP
24 G, 25A, 49 points.
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