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Evan McGrath
 
Jersey Number: #19
Junior Experience: 3 Years
Date of Birth: Jan 14th, 1986
Height: 6'00"
Weight: 185lbs
NHL Status: 4th Rnd Detroit '04
How Acquired: 1st Rnd '02 draft
Hometown: Oakville
 
Evan McGrath was the first draft pick made by Peter DeBoer in his very successful tenure with the Kitchener Rangers and he appears to be a very prominant fixture up front at the center position for 4 seasons with the Rangers.  For most of the current season with captain Michael Richards either sidelined or away at the World Junior Championships McGrath has been centering the top offensive unit for the Kitchener Rangers.  In the 2005-'06 season Evan McGrath figures to be the Rangers' top pivot, looking forward he has potential to be a 100-point scorer for the Rangers in the OHL, and may also spend some time overseas representing Canada at the World Junior Championships.

Evan McGrath was orginally taken 12th overall in the 2002 OHL draft, originally regarded as a gamble by the Rangers because of his announced intentions of bypassing the OHL looking towards a US college scholarship.  The Rangers convinced him to report showcasing the city, facility and the Rangers' first rate coaching staff.  During Evan's first season the team was loaded up for a championship run, while his peer group (players like Wojtek Wolski) were on their teams top 2 lines, he often was relegated to 3rd line duty because of the depth and talent on the roster.  Still despite lacking in ice time some nights McGrath capitalized on his ice time picking up 47 points as a rookie.  During the postseason he was used briefly as a winger on the Rangers' top scoring line.  His season highlight had to be the final game of the Memorial Cup where he scored a pair of goals helping the Rangers to victory against the Hull Olympiques 6-3.

Injuries and a sophomore jinx of sorts attacked McGrath in his second season in the league.  He barely achieved his point totals from his rookie season, but proved very durable playing in each of the Rangers' 68 games.  He hasn't missed a game yet in this season infact he has never been sidelined in his whole OHL career, his four games missed in his rookie season where while playing with the under-17's.  The biggest reason?  McGrath seems to have a 6th sense, he is constantly picking up 'sucker passes' in the neutral zone and avoiding checks, its an ability like none other poseesses in the league.  McGrath shys away from most of the rough stuff as he is nearly exclusively a finesse player who skates with speed and grace.  Evan is still working on his faceoff skills, while they have improved as he has gotten older he has a distance to go before approaching the level of a Michael Richards.

Evan's tough luck in his sophomore season cost him dearly at the NHL entry draft, when he slipped to the 4th round, where the Detroit Red Wings were very pleasantly surprised to pick him up.  Infact, a comparison to a current Red Wing forward and former Ranger: Boyd Deveraux would be favourable for McGrath who's hoping one day to join the NHL ranks as well.  McGrath is well on his way to his first Kitchener scoring title posting career highs in goals, assists and points, after a tremendous start to the season.  Evan McGrath also appeared in his first All-Star game, which was played in Owen Sound.


Season
GP
G
A
P
PIM
+/-
PPG
SHG
2002-2003 Kitchener Rangers
64
16
31
47
40
2
6
0
2003-2004 Kitchener Rangers
68
15
36
51
28
4
4
0
2004-2005 Kitchener Rangers
59
24
53
77
45
19
9
1
Career Totals
191
55
120
177
113
25
19
1