Nick Ross
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Nick Ross

Hometown:

Lethbridge Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-02-10

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

1st round (30th overall), 2007

Weight:

196 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2006-07: Ross is perhaps the top prospect from a Regina Pats roster that, while young, probably underachieved this past season. The versatile native of Lethbridge, Alberta scored seven goals and added 24 assists in 70 games.  He patrolled the Pats' blue line this season, often with Logan Pyett (DET), and also saw time at forward as the Pats searched for consistent offensive production early in the season.

2007-08: Got off to a great start with the Regina Pats. Played alongside Colten Teubert, which was considered one of, if not the toughest defensive pairs in the league. Got a wake-up call when he was traded to the Kamloops Blazers as the Pats looked to solidify their roster for the deep playoff run. Stepped right in with Kamloops and was instantly noticeable on the weaker squad. He helped the team maintain its playoff push. In 31 games for the Blazers, he was able to collect 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists). The team made the playoffs but they also made a quick exit, getting swept by the Tri-City Americans in the opening round. 

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2008-09:After his second NHL training camp, Ross rejoined the Blazers where he posted 4 goals and 18 assists before being traded to the Vancouver Giants mid-way through the season. With the giants, Ross posted 7 goals and 14 assists through 34 games.

2009-10:  Made his professional debut, splitting time between AHL and ECHL. In 47 AHL games, Ross posted 2 assists and 19 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Ross split his second pro season between San Antonio (AHL) and Las Vegas (ECHL); spending 14 games with the Rampage during December and January in his longest of four AHL call-ups. In 29 games with San Antonio he was +6 with 6 assists and 16 PMs. Ross played 21 games for Las Vegas and scored 2 goals with 9 assists and was -6 with 8 PMs.
 

Talent Analysis

A two-way defender, Ross is a good skater with a strong core.  Keeps his game simple relying on smart positional play but can also step up and deliver solid body-checks.

Future

As a first-round draft pick, Ross has disappointed thus far in his pro career. He can still get back on track but he will need to show drastic improvement in the minors if he ever hopes to make his way to the big club.