Max Everson
Image: Harvard

Max Everson

Hometown:

Edina Minnesota

Team:

ECHL

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-02-22

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Trade with Toronto, 2015

Weight:

184 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Max Everson was on the blueline as a sophomore for an Edina (MN) HS team that featured five future NCAA players including NHL draft picks Zach Budish and Anders Lee as well as Everson’s older brother Marshall, now at Harvard. Edina finished 26-5 after capturing the consolation championship at the state AA tournament.

2009-10: Everson scored 3 goals with 9 assists in 27 games as a junior at Edina HS. Edina, after finishing third in the Classic Lake conference standings, rolled through the state tournament winning six straight games and defeated Minnetonka, 4-2, to capture the Minnesota AA state championship. Everson played 21 games for Team Southwest in the pre-season Upper Midwest Elite League and had 3 assists and 22 PMs.

2010-11: Everson spent the first part of the season with the US National Development program’s U-17 and U-18 squads before returning to Minnesota for his senior season at Edina. In five games with the U-17 team, he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and accumulated 2 PMs. In 17 contests with the U-18 team, including a trip to Sweden, he had 1 goal with 2 assists and had 12 PMs. With Edina HS, Everson scored 4 goals with 21 assists and was +5 in 28 games. Edina advanced to the semifinals of the Minnesota AA State Tournament. Everson committed to play college hockey at Harvard in 2011-12. Everson was ranked 93rd among North American skaters by Central Scouting and was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 7th round (203rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Everson skated in all 34 games for Harvard as a freshman – playing on the Crimson’s third defensive pairing  primarily with either junior Brendan Rempel or sophomore Danny Fick. A stay-at-home defender, he had 4 assists and was minus-ten with 4 penalty minutes. Harvard was third in the ECAC Hockey League; finishing with an unheard of 11 ties (nine in ECAC play). The Crimson defeated league runner-up Cornell in the ECAC playoff semifinals to reach the championship game but did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

2012-13: Everson skated in seven games for Harvard in his sophomore season before a campus-wide academic scandal and then skated in 16 games for the USHL’s Omaha Lancers. He had 1 assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes with the Crimson. Harvard, after losing Everson and three other players early in the season, finished last in ECAC Hockey and lost to Dartmouth in a best-of-three preliminary series in the conference tournament. Everson scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes playing for the Lancers.

2013-14: Everson returned to Harvard and skated in 23 games for the Crimson in his junior season. He had 6 assists and was -2 with 16 penalty minutes in what was a challenging season in Cambridge.  Expected to be one of the top teams in ECAC Hockey following the turbulent 2012-13 season, Harvard finished tied with Dartmouth for 10th in the 12-team league and was swept by Yale in a two-game first round playoff series.

2014-15: Everson skated in 37 games for Harvard in his senior season. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +1 with 26 penalty minutes. The Crimson, after finishing sixth in the regular season, defeated regular season champion Quinnipiac (5-2) and Colgate (4-2) on back-to-back nights to capture the ECAC Hockey playoff title, earning a berth in the NCAA tournament. Nebraska-Omaha defeated Harvard, 4-2 in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal. Everson was not signed to an NHL contract by Toronto, making him an unrestricted free agent in August 2015.

Talent Analysis

Everson is a steady defensive, defenseman who uses his skating ability and competitiveness to shut down opposing forwards. Not particularly imposing, Everson is consistent; he is well-schooled having been coached by former NHLer Curt Giles at Edina. Everson's strength is his ability to constantly remain inside the play and play a disciplined, physical game. Everson is effective in the transition game and moves the puck to teammates well.

Future

Everson attended training camp with the Boston Bruins prior to the 2015-16 season but did not receive an NHL contract. Signed to an AHL deal by the Providence Bruins, he has skated for the ECHL's Atlanta Gladiators in his first pro season. Playing more of an offensive role than he did in college, he is among the team's leading goal scorers but his NHL potential appears limited.

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