Evan Rodrigues
Evan Rodrigues
26-Year-Old CenterC
Buffalo Sabres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Rodrigues set a new career mark with 29 points in 74 games last season, but more was expected of the middle-six forward considering he added only four points in 26 extra games compared to his 2017-18 output. His ability to line up at either center or wing should ensure Rodrigues plays a meaningful role for the Sabres, though grabbing a spot on the No. 2 power-play unit and climbing onto the second line rather than the third will be pivotal for his fantasy value. If he fails to do either, Rodrigues can be ignored in all but the deepest of formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Sabres in July of 2019.
Set for 2019-20 debut Wednesday
CBuffalo Sabres
October 9, 2019
Rodrigues is expected to enter the Sabres lineup for Wednesday's game against the Canadiens, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
ANALYSIS
Despite re-signing with Buffalo on a one-year, $2 million deal in the offseason after putting up a career-high 29 points in 2018-19, Rodrigues found himself as a healthy scratch through the Sabres' first three games on the heels of a disappointing preseason. Rodrigues will get a chance to make an impression on coach Ralph Krueger on Wednesday, when he'll likely swap into the bottom-six ranks in place of the banged-up Conor Sheary (upper body). Rodrigues skated alongside Jimmy Vesey and Casey Mittelstadt on the third line during Tuesday's practice.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    9:17
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:17
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:25
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
13:56
2:05
0:16
2018–19
15:49
1:22
1:40
2019–20
9:17
2:17
0:25
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The third-year pro showed plenty of potential with 25 points in 48 games in a limited role, averaging close to 14 minutes per game to cap off the 2017-18 season. Even though he hasn't played alongside Boston U teammate Jack Eichel with the Sabres, Rodrigues has proven that he's a capable third-line forward in his own right. However, he'll have to fight for his roster spot and cement his spot or otherwise face splitting the season between the NHL and AHL yet again. A 15-goal season isn't out of the question for Rodrigues, but he'll need enough ice time and the right linemates to do so. Rodrigues is a medium-floor, low-ceiling young player for fantasy owners.
Rodrigues provided a bottom-six spark for the Sabres in his second pro season, appearing in 30 games and totaling six points after a midseason call-up. Though Rodrigues averaged a little less than 13 minutes per game last year, he can play both center and wing, which will help him in his case to win a roster spot for the 2017-18 campaign. His versatility may also allow him to move up the depth chart in time, but there’s no reason to count on that, considering Buffalo’s many forward options. Still, the Sabres really like the speed, energy and tenacity he brings, so he has a good chance of filling a third- or fourth-line role with the big club come Opening Night.
As a senior at Boston University last season, Rodrigues was second in team scoring only to linemate and top Sabres pick Jack Eichel, finishing with 21 goals and 61 points in 41 games. Signed as an undrafted free agent, Rodrigues has some offensive potential, but needs to play with good offensive players in order to produce. The Sabres will give him a test run as a depth scoring winger with AHL Rochester and go from there.
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Inks one-year deal
CBuffalo Sabres
July 25, 2019
Rodrigues earned a one-year, $2 million contract from Buffalo on Thursday.
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Goes arbitration route
CBuffalo Sabres
July 6, 2019
Rodrigues filed for salary arbitration Friday.
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Gets QO from Sabres
CBuffalo Sabres
June 25, 2019
Rodrigues received a qualifying offer from Buffalo on Tuesday,
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Sparks offense in loss
CBuffalo Sabres
April 2, 2019
Rodrigues picked up two assists in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Predators.
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Rejoins lineup Sunday
CBuffalo Sabres
March 31, 2019
Rodrigues (upper body) will be in Sunday's lineup against Columbus, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
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