Monday, October 26, 2015
MCL Injury Sidelines Sabres' Kane
On Saturday night, Evander Kane was the unlucky recipient of an unintentional knee-on-knee collision against the boards, close to the end of the game between the Sabres and Devils. Kane had to be helped off the ice and was looked at over the remainder of the weekend. On Monday morning, the team announced that the 24-year old scoring winger will now miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with a MCL injury and was fortunate to avoid having to undergo any surgery for the injury.
In eight games this season, Kane hasn't exactly set the scoreboard on fire, picking up 1 goal and 2 assists, adding 2 PIM for good measure as well. In terms of pool scoring, starting Week Four, he ranks 263rd and is sure to drop with the amount of time he is expected to miss.
This could very well be considered one of the worst-case scenarios for Derek & Dan in the pool, as they expected a little bit more out of a healthy Kane, as the Buffalo Sabres looked to retool their offense and improve upon a pretty poor 2015 season. That hasn't quite happened yet and Kane's lack of scoring could be one of the leading reasons why the pool's third duo is 18th in the standings, now 27 points out of 1st place.
This injury could very well take Kane through the Week Nine Waiver Draft, which would make him a Week Ten activation, without being dropped and/or picked up. It will be something for Derek & Dan to consider when the draft drops.
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