Honeybaked right wing Evan Allen became Michigan’s fifth (possibly sixth, Max Shuart’s arrival pending) verbal commitment for 2013 and the fourth from the Honeybaked program for that year. Allen plays on the Midget Minor U16 team, where he leads the team in scoring with 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists) in 34 league games. When you factor in tournaments this season, his numbers increase significantly to 43 goals and 58 assists in 74 games. Allen has been with the Honeybaked program since 2005 and has led the team in scoring every year. I talked to Honeybaked coach Mike Hamilton about the Wolverines newest commitment.
Hamilton’s scouting report on Evan Allen… He’s a fairly average sized kid. I think he’s 5’10, right in that area. His skating is probably slightly above average. He’s got an NHL shot. I mean, he can absolutely fire the puck. Good vision. Sees the ice well. He’s our main power play guy. We kind of key our power play off of him and he’s phenomenal on the power play. We don’t use him too much in the penalty kill situation. But like I said, on the power play he’s our go to guy. He’s been the leading scorer in the league the last two years.
On if he plays on the same line as Michigan commitment Tyler Motte… Nope, they’ve always kind of been on opposite lines. It’s kind of like a little one-two punch thing we got going. They get together once in a while, but not very often.
On Allen’s character… He’s obviously a great kid off the ice. Little bit quiet—to himself. Doesn’t say a real lot. But he’s a kid who’s been with our program since day one, so he’s always played his career, his hockey with Honeybaked. So we know a lot about him. He’s been a huge part of the team’s success over the years. Been one of the most successful teams we’ve had in our program and he’s one of the guys who’s been here since day one. He’s very committed. Works hard in school. Works hard on and off the ice. Very strong kid as well. Takes pride and enjoys working out. So like I said, you got another good kid there. Honeybaked and Michigan hockey have a long standing tradition, going way back.
On what former Michigan player Allen’s style of play is similar to… I would compare him … fairly close to Kevin Porter, but Kevin had a little bit better speed. They can both see the ice pretty well. He doesn’t have Kevin’s speed, but he has his vision, he has his work ethic, he has that nasty shot, a lot of that stuff. Kevin was a bit more defensively-minded. Evan, he’s an offensive player. He’s out there to score goals and that’s what he’s done for us for years. This year he’s really taken his game to the next level. He’s taking the ice, taking pride in the defensive zone, that kind of stuff.
He got invited as well, as Tyler Motte, he got invited to the camp for the (U.S. National Team Development Program), so he’ll be leaving on Sunday for Ann Arbor. He’s got hope and aspirations to make that team and be in Ann Arbor the next three to four years.
On what other schools showed interest… He’s had interest from numerous schools. I know Western and I know Ferris—a lot of schools had interest in him. But Evan made clear from day one that Michigan is where he wanted to play. He made that clear to all of us on the staff.