The Buffalo Sabres only got part of their season opener from forward Evander Kane before he went down with injury, sitting out the following month with cracked ribs.
Now, though, he’ll return to the lineup.
The Sabres confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Kane, who was dealt to the Sabres in the winter of 2015 from the Winnipeg Jets, will appear on the ice for the Atlantic Division club as they face off against the Ottawa Senators later that evening.
Drafted fourth overall by the then-Atlanta Thrashers back in 2009, the Vancouver native skated for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL before going pro with the Thrashers/Jets franchise in 2009.
Since then, he’s put up 129 goals and 257 points through 427 career NHL games, hitting 30 goals in his 2011-12 season before missing at least part of each of the next five campaigns (the first one for the lockout, the remainder due to injuries).
A controversial figure in the hockey community, Kane was picked up by the Sabres in hopes that his on-ice product would help off-ice transgressions – including an altercation with a teammate just prior to getting dealt – fade into the background. His injuries, though, certainly haven’t helped with that.
His return, therefore, is good news – although it doesn’t come without some disappointing news, as well. While the Sabres will get to see Kane skate out, they’ll be missing fellow forward Tyler Ennis – who will sit out with what is being described as a mid-body injury.