Nikita Jevpalovs
Image: QMJHL

Nikita Jevpalovs

Hometown:

Riga Latvia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1994-09-09

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2015

Weight:

200 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

200-10: Nikita Jevpalovs played for SK Riga’s U18 team in Latvia. In 19 games he scored 34 goals with 37 assists and 10 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Jevpalovs played for the junior A South Muskoka Shield in the GMHL in Ontario. He scored 48 goals with 43 assists and had 28 penalty minutes in 41 regular season games. Jevpalovs scored 9 goals with 18 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games and was named the GMHL’s Top Forward and Rookie of the Year.

2011-12: Jevpalovs returned to Europe to play for HK Riga’s junior team in the MHL and represented Latvia in the 2012 U20 and U18 World Junior Championship tournaments. He scored 8 goals with 13 assists and was -2 with 52 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games for HK Riga and had 1 goal with 2 penalty minutes in one MHL playoff game. In six games at the WJC for Latvia’s U20 team he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes. Jevpalovs scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -6; serving as a team captain for Latvia’s U18 team. He was selected by Blainville-Boisbriand in the first round (40th overall) of the 2012 CHL Import Draft. Jevpalovs was ranked 97th amongst International skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings but was not selected in the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Jevpalovs headed back to Canada to play for the QMJHL’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and was an assistant captain for Latvia at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Skating on one of the QMJHL’s top teams he scored 18 goals with 21 assists and was +26 with 36 penalty minutes in 60 games. The Armada reached the QMJHL finals against eventual Memorial Cup champion Halifax. Jevpalovs scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -8 with 8 penalty minutes in six games as Latvia finished last in the 2013 WJC.

2013-14: Jevpalovs returned to the Armada for his second QMJHL season and was an assistant captain for Latvia’s silver medal-winning U20 team at the 2013 Division 1A World Junior Championship. He was Blainville-Boisbriand’s fourth-leading scorer during the regular season with 28 goals and 26 assists and was -3 with 32 penalty minutes in 61 games. Jevpalovs scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes in five games for Latvia. Jevpalovs was ranked 152nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

Future
Jevpalovs signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks in January of 2015.

The San Jose Sharks youth movement is in full effect

by Craig Fischer
on

Barclay Goodrow - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks rookie Barclay Goodrow has provided energy in a limited role. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)

 

The San Jose Sharks have had an up and down 2014-2015 NHL season but with an eye on the future, and a deep desire to ‘get younger’, the growing pains were to be expected. The fact that the team remains in the playoff hunt is a testament to many of the younger players in the lineup who have risen up to play important roles for the organization.

Read more»

Off The Radar: Jevpalovs finds a home, but quartet still trying to attract NHL attention

by David Hahn
on

Nikita Jevpalovs - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Photo: Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward Nikita Jevpalovs had been passed over three times in the NHL Draft but was just signed to a contract by the San Jose Sharks (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

The NHL Draft often signals the beginning of a future professional career for many young hopefuls. For those not drafted, it can become a motivator to improve and put in the work necessary in order to be noticed. The Off the Radar article is a monthly feature that spotlights prospects that have been overlooked in previous drafts who could be worthy of another chance. Read more»

Related Articles