Jack Nevins Assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs

Jack Nevins Photo: QMJHL

Jack Nevins
Photo: QMJHL

General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the Montreal Canadiens have assigned prospect Jack Nevins to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. In order to make room for Nevins, the Bulldogs released Jordan Owens from his try-out agreement. Nevins is expected to practice with the Bulldogs on Friday.

Nevins was signed to a three-year entry-level contract on December 3rd, 2013. The Stittsville, Ontario native enjoyed a breakout campaign split between the QMJHL’s Charlottetown Islanders and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Before this season, Nevins moved from the OHL to the QMJHL, where he joined the Charlottetown Islanders franchise. Between three season in the OHL and QMJHL, Nevins had racked up just 13 goals and 13 assists in 112 career games. Nevins surpassed those totals in just 64 games, totalling 19 goals, 29 assists, and 48 points. The overage forward also recorded a career-high 159 penalty minutes. Nevins spent 41 games with Charlottetown, where he served as the captain. Nevins racked up 30 points in the 30 games before signing with the Canadiens. Following the signing, Nevins had just 18 points in the subsequent 34 games; however, Nevins had a terrific post-season.

In nine post-season games, Nevins scored five times and added three assists. Nevins’ shutdown line was matched up against the Quebec Remparts’ top line of Fabrice Herzog, Mikhail Grigorenko, and Nick Sorensen. Nevins was key in the five game upset, tallying three goals and three assists, including five points in the last two games. In the second round, Nevins faced fellow Canadiens prospects, Jeremy Gr√©goire and Charles Hudon. Nevins had another strong series, tallying two goals. Despite his efforts, Rouyn-Noranda suffered a four game sweep.

Nevins is an aggressive player, mainly known for his pugilistic skills before this season. Despite taking on the role of a top-six powerforward, Nevins still recorded 11 fights. Nevins loves to throw his 6’2″ 205 lbs frame around and can make the opposition miserable. Over the course of the season, Nevins’ skating has considerably improved and he learned to continually move his feet. Nevins also loves to the shoot puck and will fire from all angles. Nevins is an above-average defensive player, who saw significant time on the penalty kill this past season.¬†However, Nevins isn’t much of a natural offensive player, and isn’t a great passer, shooter, or stickhandler. Instead, Nevins relies on strong plays down low, redirections, and hard work, which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s clear that at this point in time, Nevins doesn’t have much offensive upside at the professional level. Considering his unique development curve, Nevins will be an interesting prospect to keep tabs on.

Nevins finished his QMJHL career with 63 points and 262 penalty minutes in 115 games. Nevins will conclude the season with the Bulldogs, who have three games remaining on their schedule.

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