Keaton Ellerby
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Keaton Ellerby

Hometown:

Okotoks Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-05-11

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Claimed off waivers, 2013

Weight:

186 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2004-05: Keaton Ellerby played 60 games for Kamloops as a rookie in the WHL. He had 1 assist and was -11 with 77 PIM during the regular season. Was scoreless and -5 with 16 PIM in the Blazers’ six-game first round playoff loss to Kootenay.

2005-06: Ellerby established himself as a full-time defensive defenseman with a physical edge in his second WHL season. In 68 games with Kamloops, he scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was +3 with 121 PIM. Despite finishing with a winning record, the Blazers missed the WHL playoffs playing in the tough B.C. division.

2006-07: Ellerby maintained a high ranking among scouting organizations during his draft year but his performance on the ice was inconsistent. In 69 games, he had 2 goals with 23 assists and was -2 with 120 PIM. Ellerby’s offensive play was a welcome development in his game. On the downside, the Kamloops staff at times took exception to his needless penalties and lack of discipline.

2007-08: Ellerby began the season with Kamloops before being traded to Moose Jaw for another Panther prospect, Brady Calla (FLA). Ellerby began to assert himself on the ice more as the season progressed. Ellerby finished the season with 2 goals, both on the powerplay, with 24 assists and was -2 with 110 PIM in 69 regular season games between the two teams. In five playoff games in Moose Jaw’s first round loss to Calgary, he had 2 assists and was -1 with 15 PIM.

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2008-09: Ellerby showed a lot of growth during his first season of pro hockey with Rochester in the AHL. After an initial period of adjustment during the first half of the season, Ellerby was one of the steadier defensemen for the Amerks and contributed on both ends of the rinks while showing the discipline he lacked in juniors. In 75 games, he had 3 goals with 20 assists and was -8 with a career-low 44 PIM. Rochester finished last in the North division and missed the AHL playoffs.

2009-10: Ellerby’s second season with Rochester was much more enjoyable as the Amerks turned things around and he was a big part of that. Ellerby scored a hat-trick in a November game and finished the season with 6 goals and 13 assists and -2 with 34 PIM in 58 games as Rochester got out of the gates quickly and finished second in the North Division. Ellerby also made his NHL debut. After playing in his first NHL game in January, he was again recalled in February and then again in March when he stayed with the Panthers until the end of the season. Though he saw limited ice time in 22 games and did not register a point, the experience of playing at the NHL and being around the Panthers should prove valuable.

 

Talent Analysis

Ellerby was a raw talent coming out of juniors but has shown a lot of growth – both physically and in hockey-wise – in the past two seasons. Ellerby plays with a chip on his shoulder, but has been much more disciplined than his rough and tumble days of junior hockey when he would take unnecessary penalties. He has decent hockey sense, and is still honing the skill areas of his game. Ellerby doesn’t stray from proper position and makes crisp first passes. He has great poise with the puck on the boards and carrying it up ice. He is an extremely fluid skater. Ellerby still needs to add more weight to his lanky 6’4 frame. Ellerby has made strides the past two seasons and continues to develop into a complete player.

 

Future

Ellerby was dealt from the Florida Panthers to the Los Angeles Kings in February of 2013.