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He put up 2.2 pts per 60 in 1749 even strength minutes. And Eberle? He ranks 221st overall for even strength scoring for forwards at just 1.67 points per game.
When it comes to this kind of smaller, highly skilled forward, there are plenty of great even strength point scorers in the NHL right now, with Kahun being outside of the top group of elite players like Nikita Kucherov, Artemi Panarin, Patrick Kane, David Pastrnak and Mitch Marner.
He’s also outside the second group of Tomas Tatar, Nikolaj Ehlers, Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho.
But he’s in the third group, right there with far more heralded and well-paid players like Alex DeBrincat, William Nylander, Sam Reinhart, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jonathan Marchessault.
And he’s way ahead of the second or third line players of this type, which includes Eberle, now 30 years of age, who will make $5.5 million next year and for three seasons after that. Kahun is on a one-year $975,000 “show me” deal with the Oilers.
My comparison to Eberle comes in part because in the four games I went over (Kahun’s last two games with Buffalo and last two games with Pittsburgh), Kahun’s game reminded me so much of Eberle’s game.
Both players rely on smarts more than power, hockey sense more than strength, and agility more than speed. Both are tricky, clever puckhandlers, who can stop on a dime and fire off a great pass, and both appear to be just OK shooters, though I didn’t see enough of Kahun to say for sure. I also can’t compare Kahun’s defensive game to Eberle’s game, only having seen Kahun in four games, and not having seen much of Eberle at all these past few seasons.