The Ducks announced Friday that center Andrew Ebbett has been placed on waivers. The strange thing about this move is that Ebbett still practiced with the team at today’s practice.
It seems that Ebbett is the odd man out in a very competitive lineup this season for the Ducks. Erik Christensen returned from a shoulder injury and played very well on the wing with Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, and that probably made today’s move a little easier. Petteri Nokelainen is also battling for a roster spot that was seemingly set for him before he had to deal with an injury.
Ebbett’s size has always been an issue for the undersized center. Standing at 5′ 9″ and only 174 pounds, Ebbett has had to prove is worth at every level. It seemed he did that last year while playing alongside Selanne, a combination that earned Ebbett 32 points, six on the power play, and a plus-8 rating while playing on the second line. But with the addition of Koivu and other additions to the team Ebbett has become expendable.
If Ebbett is not claimed by Saturday morning at 9:00am, the Ducks can either keep him on the roster or find spot for him in the AHL. I would be one of the Ducks fans that is sad to see him go, because I think if he played alongside Bobby Ryan, we could have three legitimate scoring lines.