Sep 19, 2013; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forwardEvander Kane
(9) during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
#4: Evander Kane
When the Winnipeg Jets first announced they were coming north of the border, young gun Evander Kane was generating a buzz, with many hoping he would lead the way on offense. In the two seasons since then, Kane has not lived up to the standards of many in the ‘Peg, amplified by his flamboyant personality. His cap hit of $5,250,000 comes with expectations, most of which have not been fulfilled, with a meager goals this season. Playing on the first line of a team just under the playoff threshold, Kane is outclassed by players of similar stature, and his -3 performance on the year was unacceptable, something Jets head coach Claude Noel called him out on, on several occasions. Noel didn’t only call Kane out on his play, but this picture he tweeted out as well:
Maybe not the smartest move considering rumors of trades have followed his name for the last little while. Speaking of money, Kane’s back-loaded contract demands improvement immediately, or he could find himself looking for a new place to play in the near future.