Looking Ahead: Evander Kane Could Help Your Fantasy Team

Mike Schmidt

2016-12-16

Evander Kane could be a great addition to your squad and other thoughts for the week ahead.

 

All fantasy owners need help in the short term AND the long term. The Looking Ahead feature identifies one player to plug into lineups in the short term, a second to invest in for the long term, a third to bench for the coming week and a fourth who will struggle to meet expectations for some time. All players discussed are selected based on their team’s upcoming schedule. Without further ado…

 

The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)

 

Evander Kane, LW, Buffalo (Available in 76 percent of Yahoo leagues) – Remember when this guy scored 30 goals in his age-20 season? It happened… way back in 2011-12. Since his breakout campaign five years ago, Kane has struggled to stay healthy, productive and in the good graces of the franchise that employ him. The 2015-16 season has been no different, as Kane missed significant time due to broken ribs,  failed to score a goal in his first 12 appearances of the year and was the subject of trade rumors. At this point in time, though, the 25-year-old winger is healthy and playing alongside franchise centerman Jack Eichel. He’s a low-risk, speculative add who should be deployed in the short term due to Buffalo’s advantageous upcoming schedule. Will he stay healthy long enough to put together a long, consistent track record of production? Probably not. Could he be traded at any moment? Sure. Until one or both happens, feel free to give the Kane Train a shot.

 

The Building Block (Buy now, sit back and enjoy the production)

 

Victor Rask, C, Carolina (Available in 69 percent of Yahoo leagues) – There’s no time like right now to buy in on Rask. as the 23-year-old Hurricanes forward is quietly breaking out in his third full season in the NHL. The young centerman is one of those players who just keeps getting better with time. Consider how his per-game production and ice time have been trending since the 2011 second-rounder broke into the league in 2014-15:

 

Year

Goals Per Game

Assists Per Game

Points Per Game

Ice Time Per Game

2014-15

0.14

0.28

0.41