2009-10: Jack Nevins played for the Almonte Thunder in suburban Ottawa in the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League. He scored 5 goals with 7 assists and 44 penalty minutes in 37 regular season games. Almonte finished fifth in the Valley Division. Nevins had no points with 8 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He was selected by the Kanata Stallions in the third round (27th overall) in the 2010 CJHL Draft.
2010-11: Nevin attended the Kanata Stallions pre-season camp but was not signed and skated for the Kemptville 73s in the junior A CHL Tier I league; also playing nine games with the Almonte Thunder. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and 50 penalty minutes in 37 regular season games for Kemptville and had 5 goals with 3 assists and 6 penalty minutes in three playoff games. He scored 6 goals with 3 assists and 10 penalty minutes with the Thunder.
2011-12: Nevins attended the Sarnia Sting training camp as a free agent and skated in 36 games with the Sting. He was obtained by Kingston as part of the trade for overage left wing Tyler Brown at the OHL trade deadline in January 2012 and finished the season with the Frontenacs. In 59 regular season OHL games between the two teams he scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was -12 with 85 penalty minutes. Sarnia finished second in the West Division and lost to Saginaw in the first round of the playoffs. Nevins did not appear in any playoff games.
2012-13: Nevins played in two games with the OHL’s London Knights at the beginning of the season before being waived and subsequently skating for Prince Edward Island in the QMJHL. He had no points nor penalties in his brief stint with the Knights. Nevins skated in 51 games for the Rocket, scoring 8 goals with 7 assists, and was -8 with 103 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Nevins signed a three-year entry-level contract with Montreal in December 2013 and made his pro debut with Canadiens AHL affiliate Hamilton in April 2014 following a breakout overage season in the QMJHL. He had 1 assist and was -1 with 15 penalty minutes in three regular season games for the Bulldogs. He did not play in any playoff games. Nevins began the year with Charlottetown (the re-located and re-christened PEI Rocket) and was named a captain as a 20-year-old. He scored a career-high 14 goals with 22 assists and was +9 with 98 penalty minutes in 41 games with Charlottetown. He was traded to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in a trade deadline deal in January 2014. Nevins scored 5 goals with 7 assists and was +1 with 61 penalty minutes in 23 regular season games for the Huskies. Rouyn-Noranda finished fifth in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Nevins scored 5 goals with 3 assists and was +2 with 14 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.
2014-15: Nevins began his first pro season with Montreal AHL affiliate Hamilton. He was dealt by the Canadiens along with a draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Torrey Mitchell in March 2015; finishing the year with the Rochester Americans. Nevins had no points and was -8 with 88 penalty minutes in 32 games for the Bulldogs.
Nevins is a gritty forward with decent two-way play and some offensive skills. His work ethic and character are his bread and butter and he will drop the gloves with anyone in order to stand up for his teammates. He will need to improve his overall game and skating speed to get to the NHL level. His potential upside is a bottom six forward that can contribute offensively and make life difficult for the opposing defensemen.
Nevins signed an entry-level contract with Montreal in the middle of the 2013-14 season after getting off to a point-per-game start as an overage forward in the QMHJHL. In his first pro season, he has been fairly one-dimensional playing for both Hamilton and Rochester in the AHL. Nevins has yet to register a point in 2014-15 but had over 90 penalty minutes in his first 36 games. Still developing as a prospect, he is young enough to hone his skills enough to be a serviceable NHL forward one day. At this point his role looks like little more than an energy/enforcer-type.