Evan Rodrigues

Evan Rodrigues

30-Year-Old CenterC
Florida Panthers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Rodrigues was once again a fine middle-six forward, and he didn't look out of place when pressed into more significant roles when the Avalanche battled bad injury luck in 2022-23. The forward produced 16 goals, 23 assists, 184 shots on goal and a plus-7 rating over 69 contests. That production earned him a four-year deal from the Panthers this summer. Rodrigues' presence on the roster should give Florida some flexibility. On paper, Rodrigues and Anton Lundell will likely be interchangeable between the third-line center role and a top-six spot on the wing. Rodrigues' two best seasons both came in the last two years, and at 30 years old, he could sustain a 40-point pace for a majority of his new contract. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Panthers in July of 2023.
Slides helper in overtime loss
CFlorida Panthers
May 26, 2024
Rodrigues notched an assist, four shots on goal and two hits in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 3.
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Rodrigues snapped a four-game point drought with his helper on a Gustav Forsling tally in the third period. For the most part, Rodrigues has filled a depth role this postseason, earning seven points, 26 shots on net, 42 hits and a minus-2 rating over 14 contests. The 30-year-old can fill in for top-six minutes when necessary, but with the Panthers at full health, he's likely to remain on the third line.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
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    15:10
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    1:50
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Might return Thursday
CColorado Avalanche
December 14, 2022
Rodrigues, who hasn't played since Nov. 23 because of a lower-body injury, might make his return Thursday versus Buffalo, according to Brennan Vogt of Colorado Hockey Now.
ANALYSIS
Rodrigues took part in the Avalanche's option skate Wednesday. He has six goals and nine points in 18 contests this season. If the 29-year-old is able to play against Buffalo, he will likely serve in a top-six role.
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Rodrigues was a lifesaver for the Penguins a season ago, playing in all 82 games for the club while posting career-best marks in goals (19), assists (24), points (43), shots on goal (243), and power-play points (eight). Rodrigues played up in the lineup early in the season before settling into his usual depth role in the latter stages of the year and into the postseason. Projecting Rodrigues as a top-six center is a stretch, but he's a solid player and a good penalty killer, so it's surprising he remained unsigned deep into free agency. Rodrigues was yet to ink a deal with a team as of late August and projecting his fantasy value moving forward is nearly impossible until we figure out his ultimate destination.
Rodrigues doesn't have a secure spot in the Penguins' lineup, but when he's on the ice, he's proven himself to be a capable bottom-six contributor. He scored seven goals and 14 points in 38 games last season. That scoring pace would've given him his first 30-point campaign in a full 82-game season and his 10.8 shooting percentage was the second highest of his NHL career. Entering the 2021-22 season, Rodrigues will have to fight to maintain a consistent bottom-six role and could often find himself as a healthy scratch.
After being shipped out via trade in August, Rodrigues turned around and re-signed with the Penguins after the Maple Leafs opted to not give him a qualifying offer. In just seven regular-season contests with Pittsburgh, the depth center managed a lone goal on 11 shots, four PIM and four hits but was unable to convince coach Mike Sullivan to play him during the postseason. Still, the 26-year-old Toronto native has a pair of 25-point campaigns under his belt and is capable of contributing at a similar pace on Pittsburgh's revamped third line alongside Jared McCann and Mark Jankowski in 2020-21.
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.
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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Two more points in win
CFlorida Panthers
May 12, 2024
Rodrigues had two assists in Sunday's 3-2 win over Boston in Game 4.
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Two goals in win
CFlorida Panthers
May 10, 2024
Rodrigues potted two goals in Friday's 6-2 road victory over Boston in Game 3.
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Tallies in Game 5 win
CFlorida Panthers
April 29, 2024
Rodrigues scored a goal on three shots and added eight hits in Monday's 6-1 win over the Lightning in Game 5.
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Delivers helper in loss
CFlorida Panthers
April 28, 2024
Rodrigues supplied an assist in Game 4 on Saturday, albeit in a 6-3 road loss to the Lightning.
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Playing Saturday
CFlorida Panthers
March 16, 2024
Rodrigues (lower body) will return to the lineup Saturday versus Tampa Bay, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
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