NEW YORK, October 7, 2019 - The New York Rangers announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Ebert and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Vladislav Namestnikov.
Ebert, 25, has skated in one game with the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2019-20. He skated in 49 games with Orebro of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) last season, registering 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points, along with 46 penalty minutes. Ebert ranked third among SHL defensemen in goals, ranked fourth among SHL defensemen in points, and ranked fifth among SHL defensemen in assists in 2018-19. He also ranked 12th among all SHL players in average ice time (21:23) last season. Ebert led all players on Orebro in assists, points, average ice time, shots on goal (144), and power play goals (six), tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (three), and ranked third on the team in goals in 2018-19.
The 6-1, 205-pounder played in the SHL for parts of the last two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19), as well as in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with HC Slovan Bratislava in 2017-18. Ebert also played three seasons in the AHL (2014-15 - 2016-17) before playing in Europe. He has skated in 158 career AHL games, registering 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points, along with a plus-23 rating and 86 penalty minutes. Ebert helped the Manchester Monarchs win the Calder Cup as AHL Champions in 2014-15, and he also helped the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) win the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL Champions during his final season of junior hockey in 2013-14.
The Livingston, New Jersey native was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings with the final pick of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (seventh round, 211th overall).
The Rangers now have nine picks in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft (their own first-round pick, their own second-round pick, their own third-round pick, Buffalo's third-round pick, their own fourth-round pick, Ottawa's fourth-round pick, their own fifth-round pick, their own sixth-round pick, and their own seventh-round pick). The Blueshirts also currently have 18 picks over the next two years (2020 and 2021) in the NHL Entry Draft.
Namestnikov skated in 99 games with the Rangers over parts of three seasons (2017-18 - 2019-20), registering 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points, along with 56 penalty minutes.