“The thing about Ebbett is he’s a guy who can play in a lot of situations,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “He’s a penalty killer, he can play some power play and he’s an intelligent player… We can put him in a lot of situations.”
Ebbett, who was signed a free agent by the Coyotes over the summer, spent last season with Minnesota, recording eight goals and six assists for 14 points in a career-high 49 games.
After a solid training camp, Ebbett was one of the last players the Coyotes sent to the organization’s American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio. After being sent down, he recorded four assists in the five games he played before being recalled by the Coyotes on Monday.
“I played the last year and a half up here (in the NHL), and it was extremely disappointing to be sent down at the end of camp,” Ebbett said. “But (I) went down there and worked hard. To get this chance this early in the year is a great opportunity for me. So, I’m just looking to capitalize on that and do whatever I can to help this team win.”
Ebbett is taking the place of center Martin Hanzal
, who is on the injured reserve list and expects to be out for one to two weeks with a lower-body injury. Hanzal is confident Ebbett will be able to help fill the void while he rehabs from his injury.
“He’s a good player,” Hanzal said. “I hope he’s going to help the team win some games and I wish him good luck.”
Ebbett practiced with the Coyotes on Tuesday on a line with wingers Lauri Korpikoski
and Petr Prucha/Paul Bissonnette
“I’m really excited,” Ebbett said. “It was exciting to hear the phone call yesterday.”
Ebbett says he’ll be looking to do a lot more than just try to get his name on the scoresheet.
“It’s nice when you come up and help out, and if I can get some points, that’s a huge bonus,” Ebbett said. “But you also want to make sure you’re doing the little things right and not hurting the team, and I’m going to be working hard, doing penalty kill, just doing the small things and if you get those goals or assists it’s an added bonus, for sure.”
Ebbett is also excited to be back on the NHL roster and it’s easy to see why. He’s played in 112 NHL regular-season games with three different teams. Ebbett feels that experience, in addition to his time in the AHL and being one of the last training-camp cuts, will benefit him now.
“I felt like I had a good camp,” Ebbett said. “I came to camp in probably the best shape I’ve been in, in my pro career. I put on some extra weight and hopefully that helps, and I’ve worked on my game the past couple of weeks and now I get a chance to come up here and kind of continue that, and step it up a level from training camp, and hopefully prove that I can stay here.”