22-Year-Old Defenseman – Nashville Predators
Ryan Ellis Contract Information:
The Predators signed Ellis, their top 2009 draft pick, to a three-year entry-level contract in Oct. of 2009.
Ellis was moved up to the second defensive pairing with Kevin Klein during Wednesday's 4-0 win over Columbus, the Tennessean reports. He skated a season-high 18:12 and recorded a pair of assists.
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Age is determined on October 1st of each season.
|Nov 27||at CLS||0||2||2||3||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||0||18:12||1:58|
|Nov 21||at TOR||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||2||0||12:39||2:54|
|Nov 19||at DET||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||1||0||13:17||3:44|
|Nov 15||at PIT||0||0||0||-1||2||0||0||0||0||0.0||2||2||9:01||0:31|
|Nov 12||at NYI||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||0||0||9:19||2:05|
|Nov 10||at NJ||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||2||13:23||4:18|
|Nov 8||at WPG||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||1||2||15:21||4:48|
|Nov 6||at COL||0||2||2||2||0||0||2||0||2||0.0||1||1||11:52||1:28|
|Nov 2||at LA||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||3||10:55||1:13|
|Oct 31||at PHO||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||0||1||13:29||2:02|
|Oct 22||at MIN||0||0||0||-1||2||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||0||15:17||1:45|
|Oct 20||at WPG||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||2||10:37||1:26|
|Oct 19||at MON||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||0||0||11:34||3:13|
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|Oct 4||at COL||Did Not Play|
|Oct 3||at STL||Did Not Play|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 2012-13 season could be a pivotal one for Ellis. With Ryan Suter having departed for Minnesota as a free agent, the Preds will certainly be looking for someone to fill his skates on the team's top defensive pairing alongside Shea Weber. Ellis certainly has the scoring touch to fill that role -- particularly on the power play -- so be ready to bump him up a few notches on your draft sheets come October. At the very least, expect Ellis to play a regular role for the Preds next season after scoring 11 points in 32 games in 2011-12.
Ellis put up some impressive numbers last season - his last year of junior - posting 101 points in just 58 games. He was the first defender in the OHL to break the century mark in points in 17 years and the first blueliner to nab Player of the Year since Brian Campbell did it way back in 1998-99. With a solid training camp, he may prove he's ready to jump directly into the NHL. Otherwise, he will likely open the season at the AHL level, but the kid will eventually crack the Preds' lineup for good - he's about as blue-chip as they come.
Nashville's top pick in the 2009 Entry Draft had 61 regular-season points for the OHL's Windsor Spitfires last year, as well as 38 points in 23 playoff games. The Predators' brass likes what it sees in Ellis, but they are not going to rush the 19-year-old into active duty before he's ready. It will probably be another season or two before you see Ellis at the NHL level, but he'll get there. He projects as a top-four defenseman who can move the puck as well as quarterback the power play.