Jake Evans signs a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens

After his senior year at the University of Notre Dame came to an end, Jake Evans and the Montreal Canadiens agree to a two-year entry-level contract.

Let’s all say it together, “Finally.” The Montreal Canadiens found a potential gem in the seventh-round of the 2014 draft in Jake Evans and his contract with the organization was a long-awaited thing. Evans saw his senior year at the University of Notre Dame come to an end after the Fighting Irish lost to the University of Minnesota Duluth in the finals of the Frozen Four over the weekend. It was a rough defeat for him as team captain, but now he gets to start a new professional career in the Habs organization.

The Toronto native finished the season with 13 goals and 33 assists in 40 games. His college totals come up to 138 points in 158 games, and it’s been a clear positive trajectory for the young centre. Evans, at a point, was leading the NCAA in scoring this year and was also part of Canada’s gold medal Spengler Cup team. Although he rarely played, it was still a positive experience for him, and he took that to finish the season with the Fighting Irish.

The signing being announced today was a good disperse the wave of negativity from the final player interviews this morning. Brendan Gallagher mentioned that he was looking forward to the youth in the organization, and Evans signing is an example of what is to come. It also helps that he’s a centre, and hopefully, he’s given the opportunity to stay in that position.

Although the contract doesn’t come into effect until next season, it’ll be interesting to see if Evans joins the Laval Rocket on a tryout basis. There are two more games left in their season this weekend, and he could easily draw into either of them.