Jets winger Evander Kane full of untapped potential

Evander Kane has fallen off the scoring pace he set the last two season while struggling to find...

Evander Kane has fallen off the scoring pace he set the last two season while struggling to find his game with the Jets this season.

KIRK PENTON, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:09 PM ET

LOS ANGELES — Two years ago, Evander Kane joined an elite group of NHLers who scored 30 goals at the age of 20. Some of the other guys on that list have last names like Ovechkin, Crosby, Toews and Stamkos.

Not too shabby.

During last year’s lockout-shortened season he notched 17 goals, which extrapolated over a full season would have given him 29.

This year, however, is a different and more troubling story, as the talented left winger will have trouble getting to 20 tallies. There are seven games remaining, and he’s stuck on 17. He has just three goals since Jan. 5 in what has been an injury-plagued and inconsistent campaign for one of the team’s highest-paid players.

Head coach Paul Maurice said Kane is playing “fine,” which isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement, but the bench boss went on to explain and defend the Vancouver product’s struggles.

“In each game you go back, he’s going to get one or two chances,” Maurice said. “The breakaway the other night


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