Evan McEneny
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Evan McEneny

Hometown:

Hamilton Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1994-05-22

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2012

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Evan McEneny played in four games for the CCHL’s Burlington Cougars and spent  the season with the Hamilton Junior Bulldogs midget AAA team in Ontario. He had 1 assist with the Cougars. The Bulldogs competed in the 2010 OHL Cup and in four games McEneny was scoreless with 6 penalty minutes. He was selected by Kitchener in the 2nd round (34th overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.

2010-11: McEneny played 44 games for the Kitchener Rangers in his first OHL season. He had 4 assists and was minus-five with 15 penalty minutes. Kitchener finished second in the Midwest Division and faced Plymouth in a seven-game first round playoff series. McEneny played in four games in the series with the Whalers with no points nor penalty minutes.

2011-12:  McEneny skated in two games for Kitchener – suffering a season-ending knee injury. Despite his injury, he was featured in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings (211- limited viewing) but was not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was not selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. He had 2 assists and was plus-three with 4 penalty minutes in his only action before the injury. He signed an entry-level three-year contract with Vancouver in September 2012 before returning to Kitchener.

2012-13: McEneny made a successful return from his knee injury; skating in 65 OHL regular season games for Kitchener, the most amongst Rangers’ defensemen. He scored 6 goals with 28 assists and was +7 with 42 penalty minutes. Kitchener finished third in the Midwest Division and lost to eventual OHL champion London in the second round of the playoffs. McEneny scored 1 goal with 3 assists in 10 playoff games and was -4 with 14 penalty minutes.

2013-14: McEneny made his pro hockey debut on April 19th in a game with Vancouver AHL affiliate Utica – finishing with an even plus/minus with no points and 2 penalty minutes in a 2-0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Prior to joining the Comets he skated for Kitchener and Kingston during the OHL season. In 15 games with the Rangers he scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was -11 with 23 penalty minutes before being acquired by Kingston in a November 2013 trade. McEneny scored 5 goals with 30 assists and was +14 with 55 penalty minutes in 46 regular season games for Kingston. The Frontenacs finished second in the East Division and lost in the first round of the playoffs. McEneny scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes in seven playoff games.

Talent Analysis

McEneny is a big defenseman with strong two-way skills. He is effective at moving the puck out of the defensive zone and joining in on the rush in transition. Slowed by injuries early in his junior career, he has made steady progress and is gradually developing into a sound player in all three zones.

Future

McEneny attended his third training camp with the Canucks before being returned to Kingston for an overage season in 2014-15. With career highs in goals assists and penalty minutes, McEneny has been a team leader as the Frontenacs fight for a playoff spot. While playing junior hockey as a 20-year-old is sometimes an indicator that a player is not making progress, McEneny is back on track after missing an entire season earlier in his junior career. Long-term he projects as a lower pairing, puck moving defender. With a large group of defensemen coming up through the Vancouver system, McEneny will likely spend a significant portion of his first three pro seasons at the minor league level.

Vancouver Canucks Top 20 deep in blueline prospects

by Peter Prohaska
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Photo: Vancouver Canucks first-rounder Jared McCann is pivotal to his team's playoff chances. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Photo: Vancouver Canucks first-rounder Jared McCann is pivotal to his team’s playoff chances. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

Vancouver has iced very good rosters for a long time now. Despite having not yet won the Stanley Cup, the Canucks accomplished a lot in the 2000s on the strengths of Daniel and Henrik Sedin’s puck possession skills, Ryan Kesler’s defensive game, the goaltending of Roberto Luongo, and teams that were composed from top to bottom with strong talents who could drive play. The Sedins will be 35 years old when the 2015-16 season starts, Kesler and Luongo are gone, and though the team has performed well this season, it is no longer among the President’s Trophy favorites. Management has not had the luxury of lottery picks to build around, but there are several prospects in the system who will help ease the transition to a post-Sedin era, whenever that arrives.

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