Evan Rodrigues

by Max Marko on December 5, 2016

Evan Rodrigues - photo courtesy: www.diebytheblade.com

Evan Rodrigues, W

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 176

Born: 1993-07-28

Hometown: Etobicoke, ON, CAN

Drafted: Undrafted

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2016 - 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: C-

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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