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item. In or­der to jus­tify mort­gag­ing part of the fu­ture, the in­com­ing player must en­hance the scor­ing power of the team im­me­di­ately. Since the start of 2011-12, Pacioretty has outscored Kane in points 391-267 and goals 204-140. In points per game, Pacioretty is 0.80 and Kane is 0.66. Most con­tenders want a sig­nif­i­cant new­comer to en­hance their power play. Since 2011, Pacioretty has scored 45 power play goals while Kane has reg­is­tered 22. Pacioretty is adept play­ing the half-wall and the point on the power play as well as work­ing the front of the net. Kane is ba­si­cally a net-front pres­ence. Pacioretty re­mains the fo­cal point for his team. He’s the first-line left winger, plays the bulk of ev­ery power play and kills penal­ties. Kane still kills penal­ties but lost his spot on the first power play unit.

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