Winnipeg Jets: Can Evander Kane Notch 75 Points This Season?

Stephen BrownCorrespondent IIDecember 22, 2011

WINNIPEG, MB - NOVEMBER 29:  Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets skates against the Ottawa Senators as head coach Claude Noel looks on at the MTS Centre on November 29, 2011 in Winnipeg, Canada. The Senators defeated the Jets 6-4.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Left-winger Evander Kane is one of the young upcoming stars in this league. At only 20 years of age, he has an impressively bright future ahead of him for the Winnipeg Jets.

The Vancouver native this season has 25 points in 32 games. If you take away the fact that he went pointless in his first five games, since then he has had 25 points in 27 games.

Over an 82 game season, that translates to 75.92 points for the season. However, when including the five pointless games to start the season, he is on pace for 64 points.

Can he manage to get 75 points over the season?

I am going to say no. For a 20 year old in his third season with the club, I still think he hasn’t managed to understand his body and be primed and ready for the grind of an 82 game season like many of the wily vets in this league.

He has 16 points in his last 16 games (albeit with only one in his last four) so he is capable of making a real push.

I believe if he had better line-mates then it would be feasible to attain 75 points, but that coupled with the fact that he needs to play every game to continue at his scoring pace makes it quite bleak.

Moreover, I believe teams will start to key on him much more as they game plan for the Jets. Kane will need to continue to improve and learn as he is still impressively young.

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