Top NHL draft prospect Pat Kane spurns the advances of agents

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Kane, a possible first overall pick in the NHL draft Friday, doesn't have an agent. The 18-year-old forward from Buffalo, N.Y., said agents ignored him early in his career and he carries a chip on his shoulder about that.

"The reason I don't was because when I was a younger kid, the agents would come up to the bigger, stronger kids and talk to them," Kane said Thursday at a prospects lunch with the media.

"I felt that I was kind of left out. The last couple years, they've started to come around and really hound me. I got here by myself. I don't need an agent to represent me now."

Kane led the Canadian Hockey League in scoring with 62 goals and 83 assists in his rookie year with the OHL's London Knights.

The five-foot-10, 160-pound forward is considered one of three candidates to be the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NHL draft along with forward Kyle Turris of New Westminster, B.C., and American winger James vanRiemsdyk.

"It's something you work for your whole life and dream of as a little kid," Kane said. "I can remember in my basement kind of announcing myself getting drafted No. 1.

"It was to the Buffalo Sabres, but wherever I go, it would be unbelievable to go No. 1."

The team that drafts Kane has up to two years to sign him to a contract. Players drafted this year are eligible for a maximum yearly salary of $875,000 US when they sign their three-year, entry-level contract, plus performance bonuses worth up to an additional $2 million.

Kane hasn't ruled out getting an agent, but is content to handle the business side of hockey himself right now.

"There are good guys that I'll probably go with in the future," he said. "For now, I think I owe it to myself to go it alone."

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