Canadiens’ Jake Evans beat the odds to make it to the NHL

The Habs selected five other players at the 2014 NHL Draft before taking Evans 207th overall in the seventh round.

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Like all players in the NHL, Jake Evans worked hard to get there.

The odds were stacked against Evans, since he was only selected in the seventh round (207th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. The Canadiens drafted five other players before him that year: Nikita Scherbak, Brett Lernout, Nikolas Koberstein, Daniel Audette and Hayden Hawkey.

After four years at the University of Notre Dame, where he was captain of the Fighting Irish and graduated with a degree in management consulting, Evans spent two seasons with the AHL’s Laval Rocket before making his NHL debut last season with the Canadiens.

Hopefully Evans will be able to continue his NHL career after suffering a concussion from a violent hit by the Jets’ Mark Scheifele in Game 1 of the North Division final Wednesday night in Winnipeg. The NHL Department of Player Safety announced Thursday that Scheifele has been suspended for four games for his hit on Evans after the Canadiens forward scored into an empty net with 57 seconds left in the game to secure a 5-3 victory for the Canadiens.


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Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said Thursday that Evans, who has a history of concussions, will be out indefinitely.

In 47 regular-season games this season, Evans had 3-10-13 totals. His goal Wednesday was his first ever in the NHL playoffs.

“It’s scary to see your teammate laying on the ice like that, unconscious,” the Canadiens’ Paul Byron said Thursday. “It just seemed so unnecessary. Everyone kind of knew he was going to score the goal. It didn’t seem like (Scheifele) made much of an effort to stop the goal. You see your teammate, your friend, laying on the ice like that, it’s a terrible feeling. We’re all wishing Jake nothing but the best, hoping he’s OK. You just process it as the best way for our team to respond is to win hockey games so Jake can come back. He’s been playing great for us. He made a great effort on the goal to chase it down and put it in the net and finish the game for us. So we need to win hockey games so he can come back and keep doing well for us.


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“All the guys on the team, they love him,” Byron added about Evans, who turned 25 on Wednesday. “They love his personality, what he brings day in, day out. He’s a great guy outside the rink. Easy to talk to, brings a lot of positive energy. One of those guys you want to be around the rink. Guys want to rally around him, appreciate what he brings. Blue-collar effort every night.

“It’s not an easy path for him to get to the NHL,” Byron continued. “The work he puts in day in, day out to get better at his craft. The evolution of his game, the way he’s come up and evolved as a player, we all see it. He’s been a big part of our team, a big part of our playoff push. I thought he’s done an incredible job playing with Phil (Danault) just being a puck hound and relentless on the puck. It really matters for our team. It was tough to see that last night.”


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