Montreal Canadiens Sign Thomas Ebbing to Minor League Deal

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DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 28: Thomas Ebbing #28 of the Michigan State Spartans follows the play against the Ferris State Bulldogs during game two of the Great Lakes Invitational tournament on December 28, 2014 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Bulldogs 2-0 to advance to the championship game. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

by Connor Lapalme

The Montreal Canadiens have announced the signing free agent forward Thomas Ebbing to a one-year two-way (AHL/ECHL) contract. The team announced the move on twitter, and on their website.

Montreal Canadiens Sign Thomas Ebbing to Minor League Deal

Ebbing has just completed four years at the University of Michigan State, scoring three goals and 16 points in his last season. The Troy, Michigan native was named the Spartans most improved player in his junior year (2015-2016) when he netted a career best five goals and 19 points.

Prior to committing to Michigan State, Ebbing played a season with the USHL’s Chicago Steel scoring 16 goals and 30 points. In high school Ebbing was a high scoring forward, but has developed into a defensive specialist at Michigan State. He finished his career ranking fourth nationally, among forwards, in blocked shots (59). He was also third in the Big Ten in face-off wins (399).

The signing is a pure depth move for either the Habs AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket, or the Brampton Beast of the ECHL. Ebbing’s contract does not include eligibility to be called up to the NHL. Fans will most probably get a look at Ebbing at the Habs annual rookie tournament and development camp this summer.

Ebbing, 22, is a left handed shot standing 5’11” and is 172 pounds. He has mainly played centre.

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DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 28: Thomas Ebbing #28 of the Michigan State Spartans follows the play against the Ferris State Bulldogs during game two of the Great Lakes Invitational tournament on December 28, 2014 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Bulldogs 2-0 to advance to the championship game. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

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