Former Waterloo Black Hawk defenseman Nick Ebert will join the Ottawa Senators’ organization next fall. The Senators announced Ebert’s signing Monday after the New Jersey native spent the last two seasons in Europe.
Ebert skated for the Hawks in 2009/10 at just 15-years-old. That year, he held his own as one of the youngest players in the United States Hockey League, appearing in 53 regular season games. His six goals (tied second) and 12 assists (third) put him among Waterloo’s defensive scoring leaders that season. Ebert’s “even” plus/minus differential ranked fourth among the Hawks’ blue line regulars. His year with Waterloo was highlighted by three multipoint games, and a game-winning goal against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on March 27, 2010 during a 4-0 home decision.
In 2012, the L.A. Kings selected Ebert with the final pick of the National Hockey League Draft, 211th overall. He joined the Los Angeles organization in the autumn of 2014, and also spent time in the Dallas Stars system, skating for the American Hockey League affiliates of both clubs.
In 2017/18, Ebert took the ice with Örbero of the Swedish Hockey League, leading the club with 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists). His 11 goals were third, and 33 points ranked fourth among all SHL defensemen. His first foray in European hockey came a season earlier with Bratislava Slovan of the KHL.
Two of Ebert’s former Black Hawks teammates appeared in the NHL last season: J.T. Brown (Minnesota Wild) and Jacob MacDonald (Florida Panthers). Should Ebert make his NHL debut with the Senators in 2019/20, he will be the first former Waterloo player to appear for Ottawa in the regular season since John Gruden in the 1999/2000 season.