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Senators sign depth defenceman Nick Ebert

Files: Nick Ebert #10 of the Guelph Storm in the final of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup at Budweiser Gardens on May 25, 2014 in London, Ontario, Canada.
Files: Nick Ebert #10 of the Guelph Storm in the final of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup at Budweiser Gardens on May 25, 2014 in London, Ontario, Canada.

The Ottawa Senators added to their defensive depth Monday, signing 25-year-old Nick Ebert to a one-year, two-way contract.

Ebert, 25, led Orbero of the Swedish Hockey League in scoring last season, with 11 goals and 22 assists.

If Ebert ends up with the Senators, he’ll earn $700,000. If he plays with Belleville, he’ll take home $300,000.

Ebert, 6-0 and 203 pounds, is originally from Livingston, N.J. and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL draft. He has also played in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs, Texas Stars and Ontario Reign.

He was a rookie with the Windsor Spitfires in 2010-11 when current Senators head coach D.J. Smith served as a Spitfires assistant coach.

“He’s coming off a really good year in the Swedish Elite League and we feel he can come in here and compete for a spot, and most likely give us NHL games this season,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said of Ebert, who typically plays on the right side.

“Nick’s a stronger skater with a big-time shot. He is really coming into his own in Europe. Also, he’s only 25 and we feel his best hockey is in front of him.”

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