Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mike Matheson
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Mike Matheson Makes a Demand of Canadiens Journalists

Published March 21, 2024 at 8:57 PM

While the Montreal Canadiens faced one of the NHL's powerhouses Tuesday night, fans' eyes were on the team's big guns, namely Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, Juraj Slafkovsky, and Mike Matheson, who absolutely needed to perform well if the team hoped to add points to the standings.

Although Trevor Letowski's men were defeated with a score of 3 to 2 in overtime, the efforts provided by the Montreal players were greatly praised. In fact, one player in particular on the Canadiens had an excellent game.

Indeed, although his performance might have stayed somewhat under the radar, 27-year-old center Jake Evans was a key piece in Montreal's success. Constantly facing the opposing team's best lines, number 71 finished the game with an assist, a faceoff win rate of 67%, two shots on goal, and a +1 differential.

Furthermore, he was also the most used player in shorthanded situations, limiting the second-best power play in the Bettman circuit to only one goal in five power plays.

Questioned by Anthony Martineau about Jake Evans's work in the last game, Canadiens defenseman Mike Matheson made a rather special request to journalists. Indeed, CH's number 8 asked for journalists to talk more often about his teammate, highlighting how important he was to the team.

"It's clear that he [Jake Evans] is a very important player for the team, but as you said, he's not the forward that the media will talk about the most.

I would like it if you talked about him more often, because Jake does so many good things on the ice. He is very strong in faceoffs and penalty killing, so it's clear that he is a very important player for us." - Mike Matheson

Wow! It's refreshing to see a key player like Mike Matheson acknowledge Jake Evans's importance to the team's performances.

Selected in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, Jake Evans is currently playing his fifth season with the Montreal Canadiens. So far, the forward has recorded a total of 5 goals and 18 assists (23 points) in 68 games. Notably, he boasts 87 points in 254 NHL games since his debut.

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Mike Matheson Makes a Demand of Canadiens Journalists

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