Maine Hockey Journal

Ducks Sign Andrew Ebbett

The Anaheim Ducks are in the midst of an epic playoff battle with the Detroit Red Wings. Despite that fact, they’re preparing for the 2007-08 season. As with last year with the likes of Ryan Shannon, Tim Brent, Shawn Thornton and Kent Huskins, some may make an immediate impact on the Ducks roster, while others may join the Pirates, playing in Portland.

The Ducks most recent signing may just fall into that category as Anaheim signed center Andrew Ebbett to a one-year entry-level contract. Should he make the Ducks roster next season, he will earn 520,000, which includes a base salary of 475,000 and signing bonus of 45,000. He also has the potential of earning 50,000 in performance bonuses. If Ebbett is assigned to Portland, which is likely, he will earn 55,000.

Ebbett, 24, follows the path of many players in the Anaheim Ducks organization. He was undrafted from the University of Michigan. He spent four seasons, scoring 38 goals, 105 assists for 143 points with 131 PIM and a plus/minus rating of +45 in 167 career games. As captain of the Wolverines in his senior year, he scored 14 goals, 28 assists for 42 points in 41 games, finishing second on the Wolverines in scoring and eighth overall in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in 2005-06.

After leaving college, the 5-10, 175-pound forward signed a one-year free agent deal with the Ottawa Senators. He spent the 2006-07 season with the Binghamton Senators in the American Hockey League, scoring 26 goals, 39 assist for 65 points with 44 penalty minutes in 71 games. In addition, the Vernon, B.C. native finished 5th in scoring among AHL rookies and T-1st overall in shorthanded goals with five.

This signing should be different from when the Ducks signed Colby Genoway last season. Both had good seasons with their respective clubs before signing with Anaheim, but Ebbett is known for his mild off-ice personality, getting along with others well. He played well with other teammates on a team that struggled last season in Binghamton finishing last in the East Division.

Note: The Anaheim Ducks also appear to have signed Travis Moen to a two-year extension worth 1.825 million. Moen played in all 82 games for the Ducks this past season, scoring 11 goals, 10 assists for 21 points with 101 penalty minutes.

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