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The Mag: Evander Kane is NEXT

The Thrashers winger is ESPN The Magazine's next big thing in the NHL

Updated: December 29, 2010, 12:06 PM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

In the moments after Evander Kane knocked out Penguins provocateur Matt Cooke last spring, one thing was readily apparent to anyone watching: The kid was a hockey player. Prior to that, all anyone knew was that he could play hockey. Drafted No. 4 overall by the Thrashers in 2009, Kane scored 14 goals in 66 games as an 18-year-old rookie. But he unleashed his biggest shot in the final game of the season, when Atlanta hosted Pittsburgh on April 10. After Kane dared to lay a stiff check ...

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