CON­SIS­TENCY

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IN CLUTCH SIT­U­A­TIONS, KANE is as dan­ger­ous as any player in hockey. With the game on the line, he can score goals, make plays and draw penal­ties. At those times, you can see the fire in his eyes. How­ever, there can be en­tire shifts where you don’t no­tice him. He can hound the puck in the of­fen­sive zone, but in the de­fen­sive zone he can look like a smaller-than-av­er­age body look­ing for a team­mate to spring him loose with a pass. Kucherov has been as good as any player in the NHL this sea­son in large part be­cause he has been a fac­tor on vir­tu­ally ev­ery shift. His po­si­tional play is sound and his com­mit­ment to de­fen­sive play is top-end. He’s even been yap­ping at op­po­nents and ar­gu­ing with of­fi­cials. He means busi­ness and ap­pears de­ter­mined to reach the elite-level cat­e­gory in the NHL. EDGE: KUCHEROV

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