2011-12: Jake Evans played five games with the St. Michael’s Buzzers junior A team as a 15-year-old and was the second-leading scorer for the Mississauga Rebels minor midget AAA; which featured four players later selected in the 2014 NHL Draft, including leading scorer Robby Fabbri (STL). Evans scored 2 goals with 2 assists in five games with the Buzzers. He scored 28 goals and led the Rebels with 57 assists in 56 games, finishing with 16 penalty minutes. The Rebels won the OHL Cup championship and in seven games Evans scored 1 goal with 6 assists and 4 penalty minutes. In April he committed to playing college hockey at Notre Dame in 2014-15. Evans was selected by the Indiana Ice in the third round (35th overall) in the USHL Entry Draft and was taken by Kitchener in the 8th round (147th overall) in the OHL Priiority Draft.
2012-13: Evans skated for the Ontario Junior Hockey League champion St. Michael’s Buzzers, who came within one game of reaching the 2013 RBC Cup (Canada junior A championship) — falling to the Minnesota Wilderness, 4-3 in overtime, in the Dudley Hewitt Cup championship game. Evans scored 12 goals with 32 assists and 45 penalty minutes in 50 regular season games. He scored 8 goals with 9 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 24 OJHL playoff games and scored 1 goal with 2 assists in five Dudley Hewitt Cup games. Evans represented Canada East in the 2012 World Junior A Challenge and was scoreless with 10 penalty minutes in five games.
2013-14: Evans returned to the Buzzers for his second junior A season and again skated for Canada East in World Junior A Challenge. In 49 regular season games for St. Michael’s he scored 16 goals with 47 assists and 79 penalty minutes. Evans had 5 assists and 8 penalty minutes in five playoff games. In four games at the WJAC he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes. Ranked 106th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings he was selected by Montreal in the seventh round (207th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Evans played right wing for Notre Dame in his freshman season; skating in 40 of 41 games for the Fighting Irish. He scored 7 goals with 10 assists and was +4 with 22 penalty minutes. Notre Dame finished fifth in Hockey East; taking fourth-place Massachusetts-Lowell to three games in the Hockey East quarterfinals before falling 6-4 in the decisive third game and finishing 18-19-5.
Evans is a solid two-way player with a strong character and is physically engaged in all three zones. His skating is good but needs better acceleration to be more of an offensive threat when carrying the puck at the pro level. His hockey IQ is very good, he sees the ice well and makes good passing decisions. Evans needs to use his quick accurate shot more often. The late round pick has the potential to become a bottom-six forward that can check top line offensive players and chip in occasionally with some offense.
Evans is entering his second season at the University of Notre Dame in 2015-16 after a promising freshman season. He will likely use most of his NCAA eligibility before turning pro but that should allow him reach his full potential. He is considered a long shot to make the NHL at this point but his two-way play is encouraging.