Thomas Ebbing

Darren Walker

Ebbing is a strong, defensively responsible centre with great skating ability. His sense of pace has improved where isn’t going Mach-5 all the time. He shows very good acceleration, allowing him to get in on the forecheck and back on the backcheck in a hurry. He doesn’t y-by; hits the brakes and immediately changes direction. He shows very good awareness of positioning and where teammates are, does a wonderful job of covering missed assignments and picking up where others left off. Very high IQ; instinctively knows where to be. He has relentless work ethic, as he’ll play hard and give honest efforts on every shift, including in losing efforts. He will often take critical draws and battles for pucks and through checks. He’s not a vicious physical presence, but takes part in the grind. He’s not afraid of the rough stuff; pushing and shoving, will stand up for himself and his teammates. His offensive production can be a product of effort rather than a standout shot or playmaking ability, although he isn’t a complete stiff with the puck- makes quick decisions and generally puts it on the tape of teammates sticks. He displays good intangibles too. Seemingly can play with any line combination and be the reliable glue guy. Great character kid. Not the highest of offensive potentials. Has loads of room for growth offensively. (May 2013)