Who Is Oleg Yevenko?
- Updated: September 28, 2015
From the minute I saw D man Oleg Yevenko on the ice on Sept 22nd vs the St Louis Blues, I was intrigued. No one had really heard of him, yet his presence on the ice was very noticeable.
Oleg Yevenko was born January 21, 1991 in Minsk, Belarus. Not much is known about the 24 year old Yevenko. What we do know, is that at 6 foot 7 and 235 pounds, you have no choice but to notice him on the ice. The guy is huge.
Yevenko has played the last 4 years at the University of UMass-Amherst. He played in 132 games, scored a goal and had 10 points. He also had 211 PIMS.
Oleg also played for the USHL’s Fargo Force from 2009-2011. In two years, he amassed 8 goals, 9 assists and 316 PIMS. He was also a +13. He played in 16 post season games, had a goal 30 PIMS and was a +6.
Yevenko has also played some international hockey for Belarus. Playing 21 games, 1 G 2 A and having a +3.
Yevenko has four games AHL experience with the Adirondack Flames, but was held scoreless.
On June 29, 2015, Yevenko signed a one-year AHL contract with the Lake Erie Monsters. He was invited to camp by the Blue Jackets this year. He’s played in two games, doesn’t have any points, but he is a plus-2 with seven PIMS. He was able show his physical prowess in a game vs St Louis by fighting fellow tall guy Cody Beach. I would say Oleg won that one. Beach was giving up 50 pounds to Yevenko.
My hope is that the CBJ can somehow get him signed to a deal so that he can possibly have some time in Columbus. A lot of people I have talked to hope this happens as well. He’s definitely not a scoring threat, but he always seems to be on the ice when the team scores, that’s a plus in my book.