Evan Rodrigues

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-07-28

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

175 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Evan Rodrigues played for the Toronto Marlboros minor midget AAA team in Ontario. In 73 games he scored 39 goals with 54 assists and 80 penalty minutes. He was selected by the Ottawa 67’s in the 10th round (196th overall) in the 2009 OHL Priority Draft.

2009-10: Evan Rodrigues played for the Georgetown Raiders in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He scored 20 goals with 31 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 56 regular season games. The Raiders reached the OJHL semifinals, falling to Oakville. Rodrigues scored 4 goals with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games.

2010-11: Rodrigues returned to Georgetown for his second season with the Raiders and skated for Canada East in the 2010 World Junior A Challenge. He scored 21 goals with 33 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 37 regular season games for the Raiders. Georgetown again met Oakville in the playoffs, falling to the Blades in the preliminary round. Rodrigues scored 1 goal with 3 assists and no penalties in five playoff games. He scored 3 goals with 4 assists and 2 penalty minutes in five games for Canada East. In December 2010 he committed to playing college hockey at Boston University in 2011-12.

2011-12: Rodrigues skated in 36 games for Boston University in his freshman season. He scored 3 goals with 10 assists and was +3 with 24 penalty minutes. After finishing tied for second in Hockey East the Terriers lost to Maine in the Hockey East tournament semifinals. Boston University received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament; falling to Minnesota in the West Regional semifinals.

2012-13: Rodrigues was the third-leading scorer for Boston University in his sophomore season. In 38 games he scored 14 goals with 20 assists and was +15 with 28 penalty minutes. BU finished in a three-way tie for third in Hockey East in the regular season and reached the Hockey East championship game, falling 1-0, to regular season champion Massachusetts-Lowell in the final game of legendary coach Jack Parker’s career.

2013-14: Rodrigues struggled along with the rest of the Terriers in his junior season at Boston University. In 31 games he scored 5 goals with 9 assists and was -8 with 20 penalty minutes. Boston University finished ninth in Hockey East and lost to Notre Dame in a first round playoff game.

2014-15: Rodrigues was the second-leading scorer for Boston University behind Hobey Baker award-winning freshman Jack Eichel in his senior season. In 41 games he scored 21 goals with 40 assists and was +30 with 31 penalty minutes. The Terriers dominated college hockey for much of the season, finishing first in Hockey East regular season, winning the conference tournament and reaching the Frozen Four championship game before being upset by conference rival Providence College, 4-3. Rodrigues signed a two-year entry-level contract with Buffalo as a free agent in April 2015.

Talent Analysis

Rodrigues is an undersized, offensively-inclined forward who has an ability to recognize scoring chances and find open spaces. His physical strength is sometimes a disadvantage. As with many players who put up big point totals at the midget and junior levels, he is a work in progress in terms of his positional responsibilities and defensive game.

Future

Rodrigues is skating for Buffalo AHL affiliate Rochester in his first pro season. Dominant at the college level skating with current Sabre Jack Eichel last season, he has steadily adapted to the pro game in 2015-16 and his two-way play has been much improved in the second half of the year. Rodrigues projects as an effective lower line forward with some scoring ability.

Prospect Faceoff: 2015 draft prospects square off in WHL and QMJHL action, and other prospect matchups

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Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbirds; Paul Bittner - Portland Winterhawks - Prospect Faceoff for 3/5/15

Photo: 2015 NHL Draft prospects Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds and Paul Bittner of the Portland Winterhawks renew their rivalry this weekend in WHL action (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

In this week’s Prospect Faceoff, two sets of draft-eligible players go to head-to-head in critical games for their respective teams. In the OHL, two of the most improved players will see game action against each other. In addition, polar opposite defensemen lead their teams in a pair of NCAA games this weekend. Finally, two prospects with future college commitments including one player traded during Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Read more»