Evangelista is an above-average skater, showing a good first few strides and good balance on his edges. He is strong on his skates for his small frame, and his low center of gravity and agility on his edges helps him fend off bigger opponents. He has good top-speed, but he doesn’t have the agility that…
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Evangelista is an above-average skater, showing a good first few strides and good balance on his edges. He is strong on his skates for his small frame, and his low center of gravity and agility on his edges helps him fend off bigger opponents. He has good top-speed, but he doesn’t have the agility that makes a skater dynamic. He is very skilled puck handler, showing the confidence to hang onto the puck and wait for passing lanes to develop. Shows a regular ability to beat defenders off the rush, using his speed and acceleration to close the gap and burn opponents to the outside. He displays advanced awareness in the offensive end, making plays through traffic and finding linemates in soft spots with perfectly timed passes. His smarts on the ice extend to the forecheck and neutral zone, as he causes a fair number of turnovers with his non-stop motor and good puck skills. He can get his shot off quickly and he locates it well. Those two factors help make up for a lack of strength and power on the shot. He isn’t afraid to shot from all locations, which can be a detriment at times because he often passes up finding an open teammate to take a low percentage shot. While his defensive zone effort leaves something to be desired, he can be a difference-maker in transition when he’s on his game and attacking the puck-carrier. Defensively, he uses his high hockey smarts and positioning to break plays down and create turnovers.