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SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired Forward Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2019 conditional draft selection, a 2020 conditional draft selection and Forward Danny O'Regan.
"Evander is one of the top young power forwards in the NHL. He is a dynamic player who has a unique combination of size, grit, speed and goal-scoring ability," said Wilson. "We wanted to add a player that could help this team but also was just hitting his prime. We feel that Evander fits both of those needs and we see this as a great opportunity for him to get to know our group and the city of San Jose."
"I'm excited for what Evander can bring to this team," said Sharks Captain Joe Pavelski, who played with Kane on Dynamo Minsk in the KHL (Russia) during 2012-13. "He plays an extremely hard game and I love the edge he plays with."
Kane, 26, has recorded 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists), 57 penalty minutes and 227 shots on goal in 61 games with Buffalo this season. He ranked third on the Sabres in points, second in goals, fifth in assists, and led the team in penalty minutes and shorthanded goals (3). His 120 hits led all Buffalo forwards and ranked second overall on the team, while he ranked third amongst team forwards in average ice time per game (19:23). Kane ranks tied for fifth in the NHL in shots on goal and is one of just six skaters in the League to have scored 20 or more goals and posted 50 or more penalty minutes.
In 557 career NHL games with Atlanta/Winnipeg and Buffalo, Kane has posted 340 points (177 goals, 163 assists) and 646 penalty minutes. He has reached the 20-goal plateau four times in his career, including each of the past three seasons, and posted career highs in goals (30), assists (27) and points (57) in 2011-12 with Winnipeg, becoming the NHL's youngest 30-goal scorer that season (20 years old).
Internationally, Kane has represented Canada at several tournaments, including the World Championship (2010-12), World Jr. Championship (2009 - Gold Medal), Hlinka Memorial Tournament (2008 - Gold Medal), and the World Hockey U-17 Challenge (2008). He was a Memorial Cup Champion with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League in 2007.
The six-foot-two, 212-pound native of Vancouver, British Columbia, was originally drafted by Atlanta in the first round (4th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.