Jake Evans is not afraid of filling Phillip Danault's shoes

Published August 24, 2021 at 11:15

The man seen playing 3rd center for the Montreal Canadiens, Jake Evans, spoke with Dale Weise and Brandon Legacy via the Habs Tonight podcast.

Of course, Evans opened up about the role he will play on the Red,White, and Blue center line following the departure of Phillip Danault, a center with few flaws. The 25-year-old right-handed center wants to play against the best of the opposition, including Auston Matthews and Brayden Point, as he has a strong desire to muzzle the big guys. His ultimate goal is to improve game after game in order to become a important piece of the Canadiens.

Honestly, Evans has all the elements to be as successful as Phillip Danault. He has speed, an underrated offensive flair and an eye for detail. Evans wants to excel in all three zones and become the guy you send in for the big play. He wants to be the first one to get a tap on the shoulder from Dominique Ducharme when the Habs are on the penalty kill.

In fact, last season Evans had 13 points in 47 regular games and two in seven playoff games. His average shorthanded time was 1:49, so that should increase considerably in the upcoming season. Temporarily, if Jesperi Kotkaniemi is not able to do the job on the second unit, he could fill that role with his versatility.

Evans has found himself as a National Hockey League player and that is why he has stood out and established himself in his own way. KK will have to find out who he is as an NHL player in order to move to the second level. We're talking here...
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