The ‘Real Deal’ In Dixie??

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: November 16, 2009

Evander Kane

Evander Kane

ATLANTA — The Vancouver Giants were hoping to get him back, but it’s not going to happen.

Ilya Kovalchuk may be the one who stirs the drink, but rookie Evander Kane is giving Atlanta Thrashers fans another reason to get excited.

“I’m happy with the ways things have gone so far this year,” Kane said.

“It was my goal coming in here to make the team. And as much as Vancouver is a great place to play and a great organization, I didn’t want to go back other than in the summer to prepare for training camp.”

With a pair of goals in a 7-0 pounding of the Los Angeles Kings Friday, the 18-year-old Kane has 11 points (six goals, five assists) pitting him sixth in rookie scoring.

He’s becoming more popular by the day in Atlanta as the skills he displayed in Vancouver transfer to the NHL level.

Kane was the fourth-overall pick in last summer’s draft.

The Vancouver native had 48 goals and 48 assists in 61 games with the Giants last year.