Kevin Kurz of the Athletic reports that San Jose Sharks Forward Evander Kane was playing with a separated shoulder and an MCL injury in their second-round loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. No timeline has been given for his recovery, but he should be ready by the start of next season.
Evander Kane tells me he had a separated shoulder, and earlier an MCL injury #SJSharks
— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) May 7, 2018
Evander Kane Injured
There hasn’t been any news to when the injury was suffered as Kane didn’t miss any time this year.
This season he had 29 goals and 25 assists for 54 points. He also added 82 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 51.5 percent Corsi with a relative Corsi of +5.
Over his 9-year NHL career, Kane has played for the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets. He has put up 186 goals and 168 assists for 354 career points in 574 career games. He was originally drafted in the first round, fourth overall by the Atlanta Thrashers.
What Does This Mean for the Future
Kane enters the off-season as an unrestricted free agent and his health will currently be a factor for teams interested in him. Since joining the Sharks at the deadline Kane had nine goals and five assists for 14 points in 17 games. Kane is one of five players on the Sharks that will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The other four are Joe Thornton, Joel Ward, Jannik Hansen, and Eric Fehr.
Joel Ward and Joe Thornton didn’t play in a Stanley Cup Playoff game this year. Thornton only played in 47 games during the regular season before being sidelined with a knee injury in January. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Sharks tried to re-sign Kane after seeing how well he produced with the team after being traded from the Sabres.
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