Jake Evans

Montreal Canadiens

Fantasy Summary

Evans has a pretty big distance between his ceiling and floor. At best, he could be a top-six forward; 40+ points and an all-around contributor. At worst, (aside from not making the NHL) he will be a fourth line center who can chip in a bit offensively (20-30 point range) by working hard down low.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 2, 1996
Height 6‘0”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 7; Overall: 207

Observations

March 2019 – Despite getting badly concussed during the Canadiens’ training camp in September, Evans has been a pleasant surprise in his first AHL campaign. A great work ethic and trust in the system has rewarded the 22-year-old with 12 goals and 35 points through 57 games placing him second on the team in scoring. Considering he is playing a lot more hockey this year in comparison to his previous four seasons in the NCAA, Evans is certainly making the most of his opportunity. Jesse Sherman

January 2018 – A great example of development, the fourth to last pick in the entire 2014 NHL Entry Draft didn’t let any labels define him. Jake Evans; no stranger to pressure and expectations at an early age growing up in the minor hockey hotbed that is the GTA, stayed the course, believed in himself and worked hard to be where he is today. Taking the NCAA route as a big city Canadian kid isn’t always the easiest decision for players to make, as the local and immediate stardom of the CHL is tempting. But, Evans decided to go to Notre-Dame after a pair of terrific Jr. A seasons for the St-Michael Buzzers.

Four years later, Evans is attempting to secure his second consecutive point-per-game season (29 points in 24 games) and sports the “C” for the Fighting Irish hockey team. His performance earned him the respect of some of hockey’s greatest minds, receiving an invitation to compete for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup. While Evans may not have marked the score-sheet in four games, he did come back a champion. That amplified pace and unexpected experience will benefit Evans in the long-run; especially when he turns pro.

Evans is a good skater with above-average agility and quickness), has good vision, and has a good motor. Though he stands at just 6-0 185 lbs, he is a tenacious player on the puck. He works hard on the forecheck and makes smart decisions to put teammates into scoring positions. He can bury a puck from in tight but isn’t much of a goal-scorer and his plus-45 career rating (to date) exemplifies the 200-foot effort he puts in every night.

 

These skills will give Evans the opportunity to compete for a spot in Montreal as soon as the 2018-19 season. His four years at Notre-Dame make him more pro-ready than most rookies, but making the Habs out of camp would be more surprising than not. –  Mike Barrett


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Mississauga Rebels Bantam AAA GTBHL - - - - - |          
  Mississauga Rebels Bantam AAA OHF Bantam AAA 8 1 11 12 14 |          
 2011-2012 Mississauga Rebels Mn Mdgt AAA GTMMHL 77 34 55 89 38 |          
  St. Michael's Buzzers OJHL 5 2 2 4 0 |         -
  Mississauga Rebels Mn Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 7 1 6 7 4 |          
 2012-2013 St. Michael's Buzzers OJHL 50 12 32 44 45 | Playoffs 24 8 9 17 14 
  St. Michael's Buzzers Dudley Hewitt Cup 5 1 2 3 0 |          
  Canada East U19 WJAC-19 5 0 0 0 10 |          
 2013-2014 St. Michael's Buzzers OJHL 49 16 47 63 79 | Playoffs 5 0 5 5
  Canada East U19 WJAC-19 4 1 1 2 2 |          
 2014-2015 Univ. of Notre Dame NCAA 41 7 10 17 22 |          
 2015-2016 Univ. of Notre Dame NCAA 37 8 25 33 29 |          
 2016-2017 Univ. of Notre Dame NCAA 40 13 29 42 47 |          
 2017-2018 Univ. of Notre Dame NCAA 40 13 33 46 18 |          
  Team Canada Spengler Cup 4 0 0 0 0 |          
 2018-2019 Laval Rocket AHL 67 13 32 45 26 |          
 2019-2020 Laval Rocket AHL - - - - - |          

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