Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that they have re-signed forward Jake Evans to a 2-year contract. The first year of the contract is a 2-way, worth $700,000 at the NHL level, and $225,000 at the AHL level. The second year of the contract will be 1-way, worth $800,000.

Evans, 24, was drafted in the seventh round, 207th overall in the 2014 NHL entry draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Prior to turning pro, he spent four seasons at the University of Notre Dame (NCAA), where he was captain in his final year. In 158 career NCAA games, Evans put up 138 points (41 G, 97 A), 116 penalty minutes and was a +39.

Prior to the 2018-19 season, he signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Habs. He spent the entire 2018-19 season with the Laval Rocket (AHL), where he had 45 points (13 G, 32 A), 26 penalty minutes and was a -11.

During the 2019-20 season, he spent time with both Laval and Montreal. In 51 games with Laval, Evans put up 38 points (14 G, 24 A), 26 penalty minutes and was a -5. In 13 games with the Canadiens, he had 3 points (2 G, 1 A), 0 penalty minutes, and was a +1. Evans also got into 6 games for Montreal during the post-season, recording 1 assist, 0 penalty minutes and was a -1.

Back in February, in a game at home against the Arizona Coyotes, Evans scored his first career NHL goal.

Evans should have no problem finding his way onto the Canadiens roster next season, he proved that he is ready for the spotlight in a big city like Montreal. Of course, there will always be something to improve on, but offensively, after putting up 83 points in 118 games with Laval in his first two season of pro, there's not much else he could do in the AHL. For the sake of his development, playing in the NHL next season full time will benefit him the most.

Source: Montreal Canadiens
SEPTEMBER 23, 2020  (12H28)