Nick Ebert - Windsor Spitfires
6'1 - 195 LBS
D.O.B. May 11, 1994
Ebert played the 2009-10 season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL, one of only two 15 year olds to do so, where he registered 3 goals and 18 points in 53 games.
That led the Mississauga St Mikes Majors to selecting him 17th overall on the OHL Priority Draft. His rights were traded to the Windsor Spitfires before he committed to joining the OHL.
His rookie season, 2010-11, saw him produce 11 goals and 30 assists in 64 games for the Spitfires.
Ebert is an excellent skater who excels at both ends of the ice. He has great vision and a high hockey IQ. He has decent size which helps him defensively. He plays with a calmness and maturity level far beyond his years. At times during his rookie season, he has shown a knack for being able to control the tempo of a game.
Ebert plays in all situations. But he is especially effective as a power play quarter back. He doesn't have the hardest or heaviest of shots, in fact its the one aspect of his game that he could improve on, but he is able to get it through traffic and more often than not, it produces rebounds.
Because the Spitfires were still alive in the OHL playoffs (and we'll leave politics out of this), Ebert couldn't play in the IIHF World U17 Championships earlier this year. It's my own belief, but I think it would have been difficult for Team USA to have left Ebert off their roster.
Ebert benefited greatly as well playing with Ryan Ellis in 2010-11. And the following video is not to make a comparison between the two, but playing with one of the best offensive defensemen that's ever played in the OHL could only benefit Ebert.
It's still early, but I think that Ebert could be right there with Ryan Murray (WHL) as the top defensemen in the CHL.