San Jose Sharks Pull the Trigger on Evander Kane Trade

The San Jose Sharks didn't feel particularly comfortable with their spot in the NHL standings, and with good reason. With fewer than 20 games remaining before the Stanley Cup Playoffs, San Jose holds a playoff spot, but there is much competition. An amazing 11 Western Conference teams have collected at least 70 points as of February 27. The Sharks are right in the middle of that group, at 75 points tallied. Much work is left to be done.

To help buoy a playoff chase, the Sharks pulled the trigger on a big trade, acquiring winger Evander Kane from the Buffalo Sabres prior to the trade deadline. Going back the other way will be a conditional 2019 first-round draft pick, a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick, and prospect Dan O'Regan.

The conditions of the pick are tied to Kane's future, who will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season concludes. If Kane re-signs with San Jose, Buffalo gets a first-round pick. If he does not, that pick becomes a second-rounder. The Sabres would also receive the first-rounder if SJ ends up winning the Stanley Cup this season, an outcome both teams would surely be elated with.

Kane is a risky add for the Sharks, though, besides even becoming a free agent after the season. He has a small history of off-ice incidents and up-and-down play in games. However, the 26-year-old is supremely talented, with a skill set that is rare in the league today.

He accumulates goals, assists, shots, and penalty minutes in combination. Thus far this season, in just 61 games, he already has a 20-20 season and has easily cleared 200 shots. With nearly 60 PIM as well, Kane immediately becomes the lone Shark with a stat line in that neighborhood. The team sorely needs his offense to begin with, but his combination of power and skill should be a welcomed edition to a roster ranking outside the top 10 in goal differential.

In a much less heralded deal before the deadline, San Jose also acquired forward Eric Fehr for a 2020 seventh-round draft pick. He should add some depth to the bottom lines, or perhaps a safety net in the AHL.



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