At 28 years old, Evander Kane has just started what is considered the prime of his career. This isn’t being questioned either, as Kane had his best season of his career last year — scoring 56 points (30 goals, 26 assists) in 75 games.
He was on pace for matching that 56 points this season — scoring 47 points (26 goals, 21 assists) in 64 games.
In his short, three-year Sharks career, Kane has been one the team’s top scorers over this time. With the Sharks, he’s played in 156 games and scored 117 points (65 goals, 52 assists).
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Kane wasn’t a threat on the power play his first season with the Sharks but has since become one of the unit’s top threats. Over the last two seasons, he has scored 19 power-play goals, including 14 this season alone.
Once again, like the Jones and Burns, Kane has a modified NTC where he submits a list of three teams he would want to be dealt to. If San Jose can trade Kane, they should be able to acquire at least a first-round pick and a very good prospect.
Kane has the ability to score over 60 points in a season, is a great asset on the power play, and has six years left on his contract with a $7 million AAV. A player of his caliber with that much term left is undoubtedly going to get a large haul.
This list is of players that could be traded if the Sharks decide they need to tear it down and rebuild. These trades most likely wouldn’t happen otherwise. With a draft so deep, this year’s draft would be a good time to start the rebuild.
Additionally, forward Tomas Hertl would’ve been on this list if he wasn’t injured with a torn ACL. He most likely would’ve been dealt at the trade deadline if it wasn’t for this injury and if he wasn’t, the Sharks probably would’ve tried again at the draft.