Is Ryker Evans Ready for a Full NHL Role with Kraken?

Vince Carbonneau
July 8, 2024  (8:47)

Ryker Evans in action
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Ryker Evans Poised for Full NHL Role with Kraken

Ryker Evans has been developing in the AHL with the Coachella Valley Firebirds for the past two seasons and is poised to make the jump to the NHL with the Seattle Kraken.
Despite playing 36 NHL games last year, most came at the end of the season when the Kraken were out of the playoff race. Earlier in the season, he was often sent back to the Firebirds. Heading into the 2024-25 season, the Kraken traded Brian Dumoulin to the Anaheim Ducks, opening a full-time NHL roster spot that Evans will likely claim. In those 36 games with the Kraken, Evans scored one goal and nine points, while with the Firebirds, he tallied two goals and 15 points in 25 games.
He was dominant in the playoffs again, following up his five goals and 26-point performance in the 2022-23 playoffs with four goals and 10 points in the 2023-24 postseason.
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The Kraken have been patient with the 22-year-old's development, but now more than ever, Evans is ready for the next step.
The Calgary, Alberta native benefits from the Kraken's deep defensive depth, which prevents him from feeling rushed or overwhelmed. He won't have to play heavy minutes against top opponents, quarterback the power play, or be a key part of the penalty kill right away. While he has the ability to step into these roles in the future, he won't face the pressure of doing so at a young age.
Brandon Montour and Vince Dunn, who have previously carried those responsibilities, will continue to do so, allowing Evans to learn from them. They'll handle the power play and top-line matchups, while Evans can start the year alongside a veteran defenseman in more sheltered minutes, gradually increasing his role as he gains experience and confidence.
Barring any injuries, the 35th overall pick in the 2021 NHL draft is entering an advantageous situation for a young defenseman. The Kraken have set up his development for success.
Evans has excelled at every level, and it's now time for him to show the league what he has to offer. He will need to earn his spot during training camp and preseason, but as long as he demonstrates his capabilities, Evans will be an every-game player with the Seattle Kraken.
Is Ryker Evans Ready for a Full NHL Role with Kraken?

Is Ryker Evans ready to be a full-time player for the Seattle Kraken this season?

Yes3284.2 %
No615.8 %
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