Jake Evans
22-Year-Old Left WingLW
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Evans was a four-year star at the University of Notre Dame, who improved each year for the Irish. He captained Notre Dame during this year's Frozen Four, where they lost the title game to the University of Minnesota-Duluth. If he weren't selected by the Canadiens in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, Evans would have gone higher this year. He played mostly on the wing in college but is capable of handling center duties if needed. Look for the Habs to try him out at center in AHL Laval. He's viewed as a well-rounded player with no obvious deficiencies and lauded for his hockey IQ. The 22-year-old underwent surgery for a sports hernia in May and was given a 12-week prognosis for recovery. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens in April of 2018.
Thrives after concussion
LWMontreal Canadiens  Minors
November 15, 2018
Evans has five goals on 25 shots along with five assists through 16 games for AHL Laval, Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette reports.
ANALYSIS
Evans, the four-year graduate of the University of Notre Dame, was sidelined by a concussion in September but has rapidly assimilated to the pace of the AHL game. Scoring on 20 percent of shots is an indicator of Evans' offensive potential, but development will be measured by his ability to play 200 feet. "For a guy who got to rookie camp and got hit pretty hard with a concussion... he's been buying in and really investing in what needs to be done in his game to become an NHL player," Laval head coach Joel Bouchard said. "His defensive game's improving. It's give and take. He's investing, so he's getting ice time and opportunity." Evans will continue his development at Laval, where not only is the pace of hockey greater than college, but the volume of games in a season is nearly double to what the 22-year-old is accustomed to playing.
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Skating with AHL Laval
LWMontreal Canadiens  Minors
September 19, 2018
Evans (concussion) has returned to practice with AHL Laval, Marc Antoine Godin of The Athletic reports.
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Out of hospital, under concussion protocol
LWMontreal Canadiens  Minors
Concussion
September 8, 2018
Evans, who was stretchered off the ice after absorbing a huge hit to open the 2018 NHL Rookie Showdown on Friday, left the hospital that night and is back in the Montreal area for treatment under the concussion protocol.
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Wheeled off on stretcher
LWMontreal Canadiens  Minors
Head
September 7, 2018
Evans was taken off the ice on a stretcher after receiving a big hit in the first game of the 2018 NHL Rookie Showdown at Place Bell, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Looking to reach NHL in 2018-19
LWMontreal Canadiens  Minors
September 7, 2018
Evans said he signed with the Canadiens because he felt this organization gave him the best opportunity to play at the NHL level this coming season, Eric Engels of SportsNet reports. "Any player will tell you they're looking for the quickest opportunity to play," said the Toronto native.
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Good to go for Rookie Showdown
LWMontreal Canadiens  Minors
Abdomen
August 24, 2018
Evans has recovered fully from his offseason sports hernia surgery in May and is looking forward to performing at the NHL Rookie Showdown in Laval early September.
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