Oleg Yevenko

Hometown:

Minsk Belarus

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-01-21

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-7

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

230 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Oleg Yevenko played for the Krefelder EV U18 team in Germany and skated for the Belarus U18 team at the 2009 U18 Division 1A World Junior Championship. He scored 5 goals with 11 assists and had 85 penalty minutes in 31 games with Krefelder. Yevenko was +5 with 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes in five games for Belarus. Belarus finished first in the round-robin tournament, defeating second-place Poland in overtime to finish undefeated.

2009-10: Yevenko moved to North America and skated for the Fargo Force in the USHL. In 49 regular season games he scored 4 goals with 5 assists and was +13 with 119 penalty minutes. The Force finished second in the West Division and reached the Clark Cup finals, falling to Green Bay. Yevenko scored 1 goal and was +6 with 26 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games.

2010-11: Yevenko returned to Fargo for his second season with the Force. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists and had an even plus/minus, leading Fargo with 197 penalty minutes. The Force finished fifth in the Western Conference, sweeping Lincoln in a best-of-three preliminary series before falling to Dubuque in the quarterfinals. Yevenko had an even plus/minus with no points and 4 penalty minutes in three playoff games. He committed to playing college hockey at Massachusetts-Amherst in March 2011.

2011-12: Yevenko skated in 33 of 36 games for the University of Massachusetts in his freshman season. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -1 with 38 penalty minutes. The Minutemen finished tied for eighth with Northeastern — advancing to the Hockey East tournament due to tiebreaker criteria — and were swept by Boston College in the quarterfinals.

2012-13: Yevenko played in 31 of 34 games under first-year head coach John Micheletto in his sophomore season at Massachusetts. He had 1 assist and was -5, leading the Minutemen with 55 penalty minutes. The Minutemen missed the Hockey East tournament after finishing in ninth place.

2013-14: Yevenko skated in 32 games for Massachusetts in his sophomore season and played for Belarus in the 2014 IIHF World Championship. He had 1 assist and was -11, once again leading the Minutemen in penalty minutes (67). Massachusetts finished 10th in the expanded Hockey East Conference, falling 2-1 to 7th-place Vermont in a tournament play-in game. In eight games for Belarus he was +3 with 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes, averaging 18 minutes of ice time. 

2014-15: Yevenko made his pro hockey debut with the AHL’s Adirondack Flames in April and finished the year competing in his second World Championship tournament with Belarus following his senior season at Massachusetts. In four games with the Flames he was -2 with no points and 14 penalty minutes. Yevenko had 5 assists and was -25 with 51 penalty minutes in 36 games for Massachusetts. The Minutemen finished 11th in Hockey East; upsetting fifth seed Notre Dame, 4-3 in five overtimes in the first game of their best-of-three series before losing the next two games and finishing the season 11-23-2. Yevenko was -3 with no points and 2 penalty minutes, averaging 20 minutes of ice time in eight games for Belarus at the World Championship. 

2015-16: Yevenko signed a one-year two-way contract with Columbus in October 2015 after attending training camp with the Blue Jackets and skated for the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters in his first pro season. He was one of two players along with veteran forward Brett Gallant to top 145 penalty minutes for the Monsters. Lake Erie was one of four teams vying for the top spot in the Central Division and reached the AHL playoffs. Yevenko signed a one-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets in March 2015.

Talent Analysis

Yevenko is a tall, physical defenseman who plays with a punishing edge to his game and is not afraid to come to the aid of teammates. His mobility and positional play is sometimes an issue but that is not expected to be his role at the NHL level.

Future

Yevenko skated for the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters in 2015-16 in his first professional season. There is little subtly to his game as his role is that of a physical defender and someone willing to drop the gloves when the situation warrants. Yevenko could draw interest as a potential heavyweight for a team looking for that component.

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