Monday, July 17, 2006

Senators sign three prospects

Story here. Likely a move to fill out the depleted Binghamton roster for the coming season.

The players signed are forwards Andrew Ebbett and Ryan Vesce as well as defenceman Charlie Cook.

Cook and Vesce spent last season in the AHL, and of the three, the one to watch might be the 23-year-old Ebbett. He was the senior captain of the University of Michigan Wolverines last year in a season of transition, as there was a ton of player turnover. Ebbett still managed to average more than a point-a-game with 42 points (14 goals & 28 assists) in 41 games, good enough to be second on the team in scoring. Size looks to be an issue as he's only 5'10" and 170 pounds, but the game has changed in the last couple years and that's no longer a deal breaker if the player is supremely skilled and works hard.

They seem to like him down in Ann Arbor:
Ebbett’s contributions, on the other hand, have gone relatively unnoticed by the public despite his propensity for winning faceoffs and his place as one of Michigan’s top-four point scorers...

"He’s got the pulse of the whole team. He’s more of the guy that hasn’t gotten the accolades. Like Rogers, he’s sort of flown under the radar as a player and as a student athlete here at Michigan. You have to be on the inside to see what Andrew Ebbett does."

According to Powers, Ebbett emerged as one of the team’s hardest workers after the coaching staff benched him for one weekend during the past season, at a point they believed that he had been consistently underachieving. Ebbett’s work ethic has not gone unnoticed among his teammates either, who acknowledge him as someone who doesn’t take anything for granted.

"Ebbett is the one that performs at the same level every game and practice," said junior T.J. Hensick. "His work ethic is contagious, whether it’s a practice, a game or schoolwork."

Can't hurt having a guy like that in the system if you ask me.

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