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Evander Kane Signs Pro Deal

July 20, 2009

The Thrashers have signed Evander Kane to his first pro contract, which shouldn’t surprise anyone given that there has been talk that he might make the team out of training camp.  Tavares, Hedman and Duchene (the top three picks) have all signed with their teams, making Kane the fourth of the top four picks to do so.

If you saw Kane at prospect camp, what did you think? Can he play in the NHL this season? If so, what should his role be?

Kane has nine NHL games at most to show that he can handle the NHL game. Otherwise he goes back to Vancouver to play for the WHL’s Giants. The AHL isn’t an option for an 18-year-old (he turns 18 on Aug. 2) junior player.

Here is the press release.

  1. frank permalink
    July 20, 2009 5:37 pm

    I think he can be productive, 3rd liner at best for now. The real test will come at training camp, to see if he can be physical enough to hang with the big boys. There’s no doubt that he will get his 9 games at the NHL level this season.

  2. Greg permalink
    July 20, 2009 11:41 pm

    I think that Kane is probably a little too raw for this season to play in the NHL. However, stranger things have happened; maybe he has moved his game up from last season and if he’s become a little more dominant with and without the puck, then maybe he stands an outside shot of playing with the Thrashers this season.

    Right now if NHL teams want to nullify Kane’s presence, they’ll just watch the video of the playoffs when Tyler Myers absolutely shut Kane down. Hopefully Kane has watched those tapes too…

  3. Kevin permalink
    July 21, 2009 1:09 pm

    I want to see Kane on the 3rd line for the first week or two. If he has the stuff to somehow make it into the top 6, he needs to earn it first. I’m all for putting him with Reasoner and Armstrong and seeing if he can cut it on a power-forward type of line. We know he’s got hands and a scoring touch, but the real test is whether or not he can hold his own. As armchair GM, I’d put him on the third for all 9 games of his tryout. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, he can go back to Vancouver knowing what he needs to work on.

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