Maine Hockey Journal

Ebby gets the call

If there’s someone who you can pull for to get a call to the show, it has to be Andrew Ebbett.

From day one, he has done nothing short of busting his butt night in and night out. That’s not to say that others on the roster haven’t worked hard, but this kid just has a quality and karma about him that I haven’t felt in a player in a very long time. On most nights, it’s very common to see him showing up somewhere on the scoresheet.

Ebbett was one of only two players – Stephen Dixon the other – who has played in every game for the Pirates this season. Ebby currently has a three game points-scoring streak and has 55 points (13g – 42a) on the season, which ranks him seventh in AHL scoring.

What makes Ebbett so effective despite his small frame is the ability to be elusive. That’s something that made Brett Hull such a great player by having the ability to blend behind the line of fire and get into perfect position – at the right time.

Ebbett has many of the same qualities. He able fight down low and be in position for that rebound or if he can’t get the shot off, he’ll find someone who can. That brings me to another point that makes Ebby so damn good. He’s not selfish when he’s on the ice and one only has to look at his stats to realize that.

It’s very possible Ebbett will make his NHL debut on Friday night when the Blues are in town to face the Ducks. He will likely play center on the second line with Selanne and Chris Kunitz, not exactly a bad way to begin your NHL career.

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Of course, the reason Ebbett was recalled was because Ryan Carter and Todd Marchant were hurt last night against Colorado. Marchant suffered a shoulder strain after a body check went bad.

“I tried to cut up the middle, and the defenseman came in on my back side,” Marchant said. “I was trying to turn up ice, thinking I had a breakaway. But that didn’t work out so well. He collided with my shoulder and jammed it.”

For Carter, he wasn’t so lucky when he was checked into the boards by Colorado’s Jeff Finger. Carter’s hand went through the photographer’s hole in the plexiglass resulting in a fracture of his left wrist.

“It was a freak accident,” said Ducks’ coach Randy Carlyle. “I haven’t seen anything like that – ever.”

Carlyle wasn’t willing to put a time frame on how long Carter will be out, only to say he will be out for the next couple of games.

This could impact Ducks at the trade deadline and it could result in another player from Portland being recalled if Doug Weight – currently on the IR – and Todd Marchant show any signs of slow healing.

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Other Pirates news… Adrian Veideman was assigned back to the Augusta Lynx of the ECHL. This was his second stint with the Pirates this season; he has one goal and one assist in six games with Portland.

Shane Hynes, who has been hampered by injuries in Portland, was also assigned to the Lynx on Tuesday. Since 2005-06, Hynes has only played in 17 games, scoring one goal and three assists for four points. Recovering from a foot injury, it was going to be seemingly difficult for him to get ice time with the Pirates.

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