2005-06: Ankert impressively worked his way into the line-up of the big club. Unlike Muller, he was only able to get sporadic ice time and was usually used when his team was wining or losing big. However, playing for Cologne’s prospect program, he was far and away the brightest light on the blue line.
2006-07: The large defenseman was able to improve this past season. He managed to play in six more DEL games than he did in 2005-06 and jumped from –2 to +6 in the process. He also played a good half a season taking a regular shift in Germany’s 2nd Bundesleague, which is quite a jump from the DNL, where he spent the bulk of his time in 2005-06.
He has size and his skating is sound. He is also projected to one day be an offensive defenseman, but the question will be where, in what capacity and if he's ready to take the steps necessary to follow in the footsteps of young German defensemen Ehrhoff, Seidenberg and Schubert.
In general, Ankert will go as far as his size and sound skating will take him. Although his current stats speak otherwise, he is projected to one day be an offensive defenseman, and the question still remains as to where, in what capacity and if he's ready to take the steps necessary to be an average DEL defenseman or to one day find himself in the NHL.