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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Oilers 2012 Draft Watch "Nick Ebert"

REVS 2012 Prospects List (Oct 3rd/11)

1.Nail Yakupov
2.Mikhail Grigorenko
3.Ryan Murray
4.Alex Galchenyuk
5.Morgan Rielly
6.Mathew Dumba
7.Nick Ebert
8.Filip Forsberg
9.Griffin Reinhart
10.Martin Frk
11.Derrick Pouliot
12.Cody Ceci
13.Olli Maatta
14.Zemgus Girgensons
15.Jacob Trouba

Today we examine the #7 ranked player from REVS 2012 Prospects List . Each player is unique in their own right and full of talent. The ranking does not reflect a mock draft of who a team may actually pick but rather who I would place as the best player available in that spot.

Pos: D
HT:6'1 ft
Born: Livingston, NJ 

2009/10  BlackHawks USHL Games 53 G 6   A 12 PTS 18
2010/11  Spitfires      WHL  Games 64 G 11 A 30 PTS 41
2011/12  Spitfires      WHL  Games 29 G 0   A 12 PTS 12

Nick Ebert has taken his game to a whole new level in the last few years. Ebert's career really started taking off, playing in the USHL with the Waterloo Black Hawks at the age of 15, a remarkable feat, and now he's taken his talents to the OHL, playing his second season with the Windsor Spitfires. He was lighting up the New Jersey high school circuit just a couple of years ago, once scoring two shorthanded goals on the same penalty-kill.

Ebert's grew up with hockey idols who include Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson of the Los Angeles Kings, and one of his all-time favourites is former Devil, Scott Stevens. Scouts believe that Ebert can be a similar player to Johnson, maybe even a bit better.

Ebert is working on, getting stronger, a great two-way defenseman who certainly isn’t afraid to get involved in the physical side of the game.His decision-making on the ice is one area he will need to develop better should he hope to be drafted higher but he has already made great strides in that area so far this season.
He has the skills to play pro hockey for a long time, but some scouts worry that because he tends to turn the puck over, and doesn’t always make the smartest passes, Ebert might have difficulty adjusting to the next level.

Ebert first skated at around three years of age, and was playing full-equipment hockey at the age of four, playing up a year in age every season he played travel hockey.  Don’t expect him to play in the NHL next season (it’s very unlikely right now), so it is possible that Ebert could be wearing a “C” on the front of his jersey for the Spitfires in 2012-2013.


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