Jake Evans agreed to a three-year, $5.1 million contract extension with the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. It has an average annual value of $1.7 million.
The 25-year-old forward is in the final season of a two-year contract he agreed to Sept. 23, 2020. He could have become a restricted free agent July 13, 2022.
“I do feel as time went on last year, I felt more comfortable with the puck, especially in the offensive zone,” Evans told the Canadiens website Sept. 24. “Sometimes, I would kind of grip my stick a little bit too much or just focus on making that really safe play instead of slowing it down and maybe there’s an open guy.
“With time, you just understand the game more, and I do think I can contribute a lot more offensively. I felt like I was a little more as the year went on, towards the end of the year, and in the playoffs a bit.”
Evans scored 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 47 games last season and two points (one goal, one assist) in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup Final, a five-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has scored 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 60 regular-season games, all for Montreal.
“I really like the way he plays,” Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said. “I like the little details in his game. He’s a complete player. He uses his speed and he’s intense. We can use him at different positions. There’s a lot to like about him.”