The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins have signed former Barrie Colts forward Evan Vierling to an American Hockey League contract. After a dominant season with the Barrie Colts in 2022-23, Evan looks to continue his strong run of play in a new chapter next season with the Penguins.
After being drafted 2nd overall in the 2018 Ontario Hockey League draft, it’s clear the 20-year-old has unique abilities making him a very intriguing addition. After a slower start with the Flint Firebirds, Evan was then traded to the Barrie Colts. After a fresh start for the former York-Simcoe Express forward, Evan really found his game blooming late in the Ontario Hockey League.
After getting drafted by the New York Rangers in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Evan Vierling wasn’t given the chance, which led him to find new opportunities. After returning to the Barrie Colts for his overage season, Vierling dominated, scoring thirty-five goals and sixty assists for ninety-five points in sixty games. Anytime you have the chance to add a player with that kind of offensive ability, you pounce on it.
My favorite aspect of Evan Vierling’s game is his two-way ability. For a player who plays with so much creativity in the offensive zone, the 20-year-old isn’t afraid to make plays on the other end of the ice either. This is something that can translate smoothly to the next level and especially fits in well with the organization’s philosophy. Another thing about Evan is his versatility, he can play on the wing and down the middle when needed while also being able to fill in multiple roles. Although you could argue Evan is more known for high-level passing ability, he’s got quite the release as well.
Getting a player with this much upside is always a good move, especially with how Evan Vierling finished his 2022-23 season. Sometimes players bloom a little later than projected, and as someone who’s seen Evan play live, it’s clear he’s on the right track. I’m excited to see what else management does this offseason, but for now, this is a slam-dunk addition.
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