Evans, Poehling start strong in college hockey season

Montreal Canadiens prospects Jake Evans and Ryan Poehling have begun the 2017-18 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s division I ice hockey season off to a strong start south of the border.

Jake Evans (Toronto, ON) was drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft as the 207th overall pick by the Canadiens. At the time of the draft, Evans was coming off of a 63-point season with the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL).

Since his draft year, Evans fulfilled his commitment to the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s hockey team in Indiana. He is currently playing in his senior year with the Fighting Irish as captain of the team. He earned the ‘A’ on his jersey in his junior year, and was promoted once again at the start of the season.

Given the offensive struggles of the Habs to begin the season, here is a piece of news that the Canadiens faithful would love to hear — Evans is the national leader in points so far in American college hockey. Through eight games played, Evans has recorded three goals and 12 assists for a total of 15 points. With 1.88 points per game, Evans is shooting at a 13% success rate, has a game winning goal, a +5 plus/minus rating and is highly successful in the faceoff dot having won 62.1% of challenges. On top of this, he has only taken one minor penalty this season.

The 4-3-1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish are ranked 10th by USCHO.com and USA Today.

A name that many Habs fans may be more familiar with, Ryan Poehling (Lakeville, MN), is playing in his sophomore year with St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Poehling was drafted 25th overall in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. In his 2016-17 draft year, Poehling split time between St. Cloud State and the U.S. National U18 Development Team. He put up 13 points in his 35 game freshman season with the Huskies, and 6 points in 9 games for the national development team.

The 6’2 centre is second on a very strong team in points, as St. Cloud State remains undefeated through five games. With two goals and six assists, Poehling has eight points in five games played. The Huskies are ranked second in the country on USCHO.com with eight first place votes, as well as second on USA Today.

On top of his 1.6 point-per-game performance to begin the year, Poehling has a +5 plus/minus rating, two minutes in penalties, and 11 shots.

Jake Evans and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are back in action on Friday, Nov. 3 in Columbus as they take on the Ohio State University Buckeyes. Ryan Poehling and the St. Cloud State Huskies have back-to-back home games on Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4 against the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.

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