2006-07: Evander Kane’s rookie season in the WHL. In eight games with the Vancouver Giants, the center notched one goal. He was held scoreless in five playoff games.
2007-08: Things clicked between Vancouver and Kane this season, as the center racked up 41 points (24g+17a) in 65 games. He registered a goal and two helpers in 10 playoff games.
2008-09: Kane’s third season with Vancouver (WHL) proved to be his most productive one yet. In 51 games the center netted 48 goals and 96 points. His presence was felt in the corners, as he claimed 89 PIM this season. Finished with a +51 rating. Added another seven goals and 15 points in 17 playoff games. Kane was chosen in the first round, fourth overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets).
A superb skater with excellent acceleration. With his quick release, Kane is a threat to score every time he steps on the ice. NHL scouts say he has pure goal scoring instincts, evidenced by his 48-goal campaign. He handles the physical rigors well, in part because he is a difficult target to lock on to. Kane has benefited from the play of 20-year-old linemate Casey Pierro-Zabotel (PIT), the WHL regular season scoring champion. Could use some additional weight, but has plenty of time to build strength. Skill set is reminiscent of a young Mike Modano, a former WHLer who played his junior hockey with the Prince Albert Raiders.
Kane was dealt along with Zach Bogosian and a prospect to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, a pair of prospects and a 2015 first round pick.