IL Indoor has learned that power forward Scott Evans, released by the Edmonton Rush after their first weekend of training camp, will be signing with the Toronto Rock. Evans was second on Edmonton in goals last season with 23 in 12 games. He sat out their final few regular season games and run to the Champions Cup final, however. Rush GM and Head Coach Derek Keenan had indicated that he didn’t feel Evans fit into the Rush’s attempts to get younger and faster and to emphasize ball movement on offence. Evans had a lacklustre regular season and playoffs with the Peterborough Lakers this summer but was an important contributor in their Mann Cup finals victory over the Langley Thunder, scoring eight goals and 15 points in the six-game series.
The 31-year-old Evans should provide a scoring boost to a Toronto right side that already includes Garrett Billings, Kasey Beirnes, Blaine Manning and Brendan Thenhaus. His 23-goal output last year would have placed him fifth on the Rock.
Fitness has been an issue for the heavyset Evans. Reports suggest that he was working at getting into better shape but his training was interrupted by Hurricane Sandy. When the storm struck the east coast of the United States Evans, who is a hydro worker, was sent down to help with the relief efforts and worked a string of long days. None the less, Evans has established himself as one of the most difficult players in the game to stop when he is determined to get to the net. He is a six-time 20-goal scorer in the NLL and has twice topped the 40-goal mark (2007 & 2008).
Evans has also scored 29 or more goals seven times in Major Series Lacrosse, three times beating 40. He has been in the top five of MSL scoring five times, including leading the league in his first two full seasons. His signing should be announced officially today or tomorrow.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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