Evans centered the fourth line in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Stars. He finished with one hit, one blocked shot and a plus-1 rating over 11:08 of ice time.
Evans filled in for Nate Thompson, who was under the weather with the flu, and won four of eight faceoffs. The 23-year-old Evans is likely to remain on the NHL roster through the end of the season, and he could see an expanded role if the Canadiens drop farther out of the playoff race. It doesn't take much imagination to see the Habs going to a youth movement. Evans was Triple-A Laval's leading scorer at the time of his call-up earlier in the month.
Evans scored his first career NHL goal in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Evans was appearing in his third NHL game and scored his first goal 51 seconds into Monday's contest. With Paul Byron (knee) nearing a return, Evans could be sent down to the AHL at any moment. At this stage of his career, the winger isn't worth owning in fantasy.
Evans had two shots on net, two hits and two blocked shots over 11:19 of ice time in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Ducks.
Evans, who was called up earlier in the day as the Canadiens cope with the flu bug, skated primarily on the third line. It was his NHL debut following what has been another productive season at AHL Laval. His NHL window is expected to be a short one and depends on the status of Jordan Weal (flu), Ryan Poehling (flu) and Jonathan Drouin (wrist), as Montreal prepares for a Saturday night match at the Bell Centre against Toronto.
Montreal promoted Evans from AHL Laval on Thursday.
Jordan Weal (illness) has already been ruled out of Thursday's game against Anaheim, and Tomas Tatar (undisclosed) and Ryan Poehling (illness) are both considered questionable, so Evans could make his NHL debut against the Ducks. The 23-year-old forward has picked up 12 goals and 34 points in 48 games with Laval this season.
Evans scored a short-handed goal in Monday's 4-2 preseason win over the Devils.
Evans blocked a pass near the blue line, then won a puck battle at center ice to score on a breakaway. Evans, who dealt with multiple injuries at AHL Laval last year, had 45 points in 67 games for the Rocket. He's expected to return to Laval for the start of the 2019-20 season.
Evans has five goals on 25 shots along with five assists through 16 games for AHL Laval, Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette reports.
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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