Evan Rodrigues

by marcusgriep on April 16, 2018
Evan Rodrigues - photo courtesy: www.diebytheblade.com

Evan Rodrigues, W

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 176

Born: 1993-07-28

Hometown: Etobicoke, ON, CAN

Drafted: Undrafted







April 2018 – Evan Rodrigues has put up a very respectable season in the NHL. Scoring 25 points in 45 games, he's already cemented a spot in Buffalo's future plans as a potential top 6 winger. His stick skills and smarts have helped a lot in his time in the pros. He has a nose for the net and good vision for a winger. Marcus Griep

January 2018 – After starting the season in the minors, putting up 10 points in eight games in the process, Jack Eichel’s former college running mate received a call up to the big club and is carving out a bottom-six role for himself. The offense has yet to translate as he’s managed just five points in 15 games. Sandwiched in between a two goal effort and a two assist game was a nine game pointless streak. Don’t expect too much from the BU product in the near future, but I wouldn’t put it past him to regain some of that scoring touch he showed in college and in the minors. Brad Phillips


April 2017 – Evan Rodrigues may have earned himself a permanent spot with the Sabres after his performance at the tail end of the 2016-2017 season. He proved himself to be not only a fairly reliable centerman who can be responsible in his own zone, but his speed makes him an offensive threat. His play earned him Sabres’ Rookie of the Year for the season. Max Marko


December 2016 – Evan Rodrigues is another prospect that saw some NHL time last year due to injuries and is now looking to refine his game in order to stick in the NHL with the Sabres. Rodrigues, this year, has lacked in his own zone as he will sometimes miss assignments and trail off to the puck a bit. His offensive touch is still there, scoring 10 points in 20 games. Max Marko


April 2016 – Rodrigues gets his chance to pull on the Buffalo Sabres uniform for his first career NHL game on Friday night, with only two games left, Byslma liked Rodrigues' last 18-20 games with Rochester and wanted to see if his tenacious and relentless game can translate to the NHL. Rodrigues scored 28 points (9-19) in 68 games played in his professional rookie year. Rodrigues practiced on Thursday afternoon, the Sabres final practice of the season, with Matt Moulson and David Legwand on the fourth line. Paul Zwambag


October 2015 – Rodrigues made it to the final rounds of cuts, but eventually was sent down to Rochester. He finished training camp with two goals and eight shots. He showed flashes of his offensive game, but just didn't stay consistent enough to make the Sabres' roster. He will need to show management that he can continue to develop his scoring touch at the professional level. Evan will likely play for the Amerks the entire year with a few guys above him on depth chart to fill in when injuries occur or a shake-up in the lineup is needed. Paul Zwambag


September 2015 – Evan Rodrigues got his chance to play with Jack Eichel in the Prospects Challenge hosted by the Buffalo Sabres. Rodrigues rekindled his Terrier chemistry with Jack Eichel and helped set up two Nicolas Baptiste goals in the first four minutes of the first game against the New Jersey Devils prospects. Rodrigues showed his speed and scoring touch later in the second period with a goal of his own. Evan wasn’t able to get his name on the scoresheet with points in the second game, but he did record three shots on goal. Rodrigues finished the tournament with one goal, two assists, 12 shots on goal and a plus-two. Rodrigues showed the Buffalo brass that he is elusive and will likely be in the top six in Rochester this year. It will be exciting to see if they match up Eichel with Rodrigues in training camp as well. Paul Zwambag


May 2015 – An undrafted Boston Terrier graduate, signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres in April. Rodrigues finished his senior year with 61 points (21 goals, 40 assists) while playing with the 2015 Hobey Baker winner, Jack Eichel. Evan’s decision to sign with Buffalo came before the draft lottery was finalized, so this decision wasn’t made in hopes to play with Eichel. He believes the Sabres have the best opportunities for him in the future and it also helps that his hometown of Etobicoke isn’t too far away from Buffalo. Paul Zwambag


Evan is a very smart hockey player, he has a smaller frame than most NHLers, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in skill and stick work. He may be a couple years away from the NHL, but if he lands in the AHL, he should put up good numbers. If he gets a chance to play with Eichel in training camp, the two Terriers may re-ignite their chemistry quickly. This would benefit Rodrigues and may give him a chance to crack a young Sabres roster in the next couple of years. Paul Zwambag



Fantasy Outlook: B

Rodrigues will get a look in training camp, but he will end up on the Rochester Americans roster and continue to grow his strength to compete against bigger and stronger players.





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