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ESPN The Magazine Names Evander Kane As The Next Big Thing In The NHL

Thrashers forward Evander Kane has been turning heads all season and proving himself to be an integral part of coach Craig Ramsay’s gameplan to get the team into the playoffs. With all of the noise that Dustin Byfuglien’s been making here, some people have wondered if other players were getting lost in the shuffle. Apparently not. ESPN the Mag has named Kane one of the four future stars of the NHL. From the article:

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Crosby-like finesse and Cooke-like antagonism often overshadow Kane-like grit, but hockey purists have long embraced the likes of Gordie Howe, Mark Messier and Peter Forsberg — skill guys who scrap. And while no one is ready to anoint Kane the Next Mr. Hockey, he is NEXT for a number of reasons, not least because anything can happen when he’s on the ice. “Evander is one of those unique guys who can play in any situation,” says NHL Network analyst Craig Button, the former Flames GM. “Whether you need a goal or a hit or a defensive play, it’s in his repertoire.” Adds Islanders director of scouting Ken Morrow: “In my reports, I don’t often write ‘total package.’ I’d write it about Kane.”

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