It was revealed on Wednesday that Kesler had suffered a fractured right foot on February 21 against the Dallas Stars. Initial X-rays came back negative so Kesler ended up playing three more games before CT scans revealed a broken foot.
According to Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault will be out “a little while,” but refused to give a timeline. The speculation is Kesler will be out four-to-six weeks.
#canucks Kesler has a fractured foot. He’ll likely be out for a little while according to AV. Maybe 4-6 weeks.
— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) February 27, 2013
Ebbett returns to the Canucks in just over week after being placed on waivers and assigned to the minors to make room for the return of David Booth. With Kesler out, the Canucks were left with three centreman and needed one to replace him.
What role Ebbett plays remains to be seen, but it is expected Jordan Schroeder and Maxim Lapierre will both move up on the depth chart and Ebbett will centre the fourth line. He should be helpful in the defensive zone on faceoffs as well with Manny Malhotra out for the rest of the season. The Canucks had been using the right-handed Kesler and Lapierre on draws on their weakside in the absence of Malhotra.
Prior to Kesler’s return, Alexandre Burrows had been centring the second line, but given his strong play with Daniel and Henrik Sedin in the last half-a-dozen games, the Canucks will be reluctant to take him off the line.
If Ebbett dresses in ten games or stays on the active roster for more than 30 days, he will need to clear waivers again to be re-assigned to the minors.