After allowing Vernon born forward Andrew Ebbett to hit the open market yesterday, today Mike Gillis and the Canucks reeled the journeyman back in with a one year, two-way contract worth 600k in the show, and 300k in the American Hockey League. As per Darren Dreger:
Andrew Ebbett signs with Vancouver – 2 way deal 600/300.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 2, 2012
Andrew Ebbett is a depth forward, but he’s a particular type of depth forward in that he can legitimately handle a top-six role over the short-term. While he’s not a world beater, or a point-per game player in your top-six, he can help your second line outshoot their opponents and be reasonably productive in that spot. Last season he contributed five goals in eighteen games (something of a mirage, seeing as how he shot 18.5%) but in 2008/09 he played 48 games on Anaheim’s second line (mostly with Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne) and chipped in 32 points.
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Last season with the Canucks, Ebbett helped drive play, playing a handful of games in a top-six role and many more on Vancouver’s third and fourth lines. While Ebbett only played 18 games, so the sample is too small to be all that meaningful, he actually faced the third toughest competition among Canucks forwards (behind only Mason Raymond, and Samme Pahlsson), started 37% of his shifts in the defensive zone and came out of it with positive possession numbers. That’s not too bad for an inexpensive depth player.
Last year, Ebbett signed a one year, one-way deal that paid him 525k with the Canucks – so if he manages to stay in the NHL this season, Ebbett will have earned himself a nice raise. That’s not a guarantee, however, as he’s on a two-year deal though, should he spend a significant amount of time in Chicago (or elsewhere in the AHL) this upcoming season – he’ll be well compensated for it, with a 300k AHL salary.
For Ebbett, who has spent time in five organizations over the past three seasons, that sort of financial security was likely a big selling point. In 2008/09 he only made 85k in the AHL, and in 2010/11 his AHL salary was only 105k per Capgeek. For the Canucks, this contract gives them a bit of added flexibility, which, could come in handy if 2009 first round draft pick Jordan Schroeder is NHL-ready, as many observers suspect.