Complaining about Ebbett is overdone.
The guy has been a good role player in the absence of a lot of regulars off the roster.
He's been used primarily in defensive zone start situations (getting only 37.4% offensive zone starts).
As a depth forward, playing with other depth forwards in that context, his 6 points in 25 games is really not bad, and being a mere -1 is actually somewhat impressive. His corsi is in the same range as players like Weise and Lapierre.
For all the useless qualities the OP lists, somehow Ebbett is managing to pretty much hold his own. He's actually a fairly intelligent, responsible depth option for AV. I don't like seeing him used as a center - he's not strong enough in the faceoff circle - and he doesn't generate and drive possession - but as a second center on the fourth line (and a backup left handed draw for Lapierre), he's nowhere near as terrible as is being suggested here - he works hard and he does not hurt the team. In fact he's played 25 games in which the Canucks have pretty much gained as many positive results as could be hoped for considering all the absences from the lineup this season.
I think this is a case of protesting too much.
But if people can't blame Ebbett, Ballard, Barker, Alberts, Pinizotto, and Wiese then they might have to actually face the hard truth - that it is the core players of this team and the coaching staff's attitude toward putting in a solid 60 minute effort that are the REAL problem, not the depth guys. Those depth guys for the most part are actually the ones who are working the hardest even though they have the least skill.
That pisses me off more about the country club atmosphere of the guys who DO have the talent.
Edited by wallstreetamigo, 22 April 2013 - 12:25 AM.