Nashville, Tenn. (March 28, 2021) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Sunday that the team has assigned forward Luke Evangelista to Chicago (AHL).
Evangelista, 19 (2/21/02), Nashville's second-round choice (42nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft, has yet to play this season due to the OHL's indefinite delay to begin the 2020-21 campaign. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound right wing played in 62 games for the OHL's London Knights in 2019-20, tallying 61 points (23g-38a) - 57 of which came at even-strength - and six game-winning goals, the second-most on his team. Compared to his rookie OHL campaign in 2018-19 (two assists in 27 games), he posted a 59-point improvement and was a key contributor to London's league-leading penalty kill, chipping in two points (1g-1a) to a unit that operated at an 83.8 percent success rate, tops in the league.
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Internationally, the Oakville, Ont., native competed for Canada White at the 2018 U-17 World Hockey Challenge, where he picked up an assist in five games. Evangelista, who is joining a Chicago squad that leads the AHL's Central Division with an 11-2-0-1 record (23 points), is second cousins with two-time Stanley Cup champion and Hockey Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan.
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