Video: 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase: Ryan Ellis, Nashville Predators

By HF Staff

Nashville Predators prospect Ryan Ellis has embarked on his professional career after turning in one of the more decorated junior careers in recent memory.

Ellis spent four seasons with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, a span in which the Spitfires won back-to-back OHL and Memorial Cup championships.  Ellis was an integral part of the Spitfires success, as he generated a great deal of offense from the blueline during his 4-year tenure.  He finished his junior career with the third-highest point total for a defenseman in the league's history, not to mention a stack of hardware that included being named CHL Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year, as well as earning the OHL's Most Outstanding Player award and twice being named the OHL's top defenseman.

Ellis also starred in international play for Canada, playing in three consecutive World Junior Championships for that country.  He earned one gold and two silver medals at those tournaments, and was named captain of the 2011 squad.

The Hamilton, Ontario native has not missed a beat in the AHL, where he is playing for the Predators' farm team, the Milwaukee Admirals.  In 17 games, Ellis has scored four goals and added eight assists for 12 points.

Prior to the 2011-12 season, Ellis, along with several other NHL prospects, took part in the NHLPA's Rookie Showcase that was held in Toronto, Ontario.  Ellis took some time out from the activities to sit down for this video interview provided by the NHLPA.


Video courtesy of NHLPA

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