The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Andrew Ebbett to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Ebbett’s contract is a two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level.
Ebbett, 30, has played the past two seasons in the Vancouver Canucks organization. He played in 28 regular-season games during the 2012-13 campaign, notching six points (1G-5A). Ebbett also appeared in two postseason games, posting an even rating.
The 5-foot-10, 172-pound Ebbett also played in 37 regular-season games with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) in ’12-13, totaling 11 goals, 21 assists and 32 points.
Ebbett, who hails from Vernon, British Columbia, has played parts of six NHL seasons with Anaheim, Chicago, Minnesota, Phoenix and Vancouver. His best season came in 2008-09 with Anaheim when he tallied 32 points (8G-24A) in 48 regular-season games and three points (1G-2A) in 13 playoff games. All of those numbers represented career highs.
Ebbett, who was originally signed by the Ottawa Senators as an undrafted free agent in 2006, has played in 191 career NHL regular-season games, posting 25 goals, 39 assists and 64 points. Ebbett has added three points (1G-2A) in 19 career playoff games.
Ebbett has spent time in the AHL with Binghamton, Portland, Iowa, San Antonio and Chicago, producing at nearly a point-per-game average at that level with 236 points (76G-160A) in 247 career regular-season games. He has 17 points (6G-11A) in 18 playoff games.
During the 2007-08 season with Portland, Ebbett established AHL career highs with 54 assists and 72 points – both team-leading figures. His assist total was sixth-most in the AHL, while his point total ranked 11th.
Before turning pro Ebbett played four seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Michigan between 2002-06, tallying 137 points (32G-105A) in 167 games. Ebbett served as team captain as a senior in ’05-06, finishing second on the team with 42 points (14G-28A). He was a member of Michigan’s 2003 Frozen Four squad.
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