Bi:Weekly Question - What are the Expectations for Ryan Ellis?

Ryan Ellis (PHOTO- Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Ok, so, I’m back once again and I’m here to answer another big question about your Nashville Predators or in this case their prospects; what are the expectations for Ryan Ellis? I, personally, have very high expectations for this guy, I think he has the potential to be an all-star defenceman.

I watched him play at the World Juniors, when he was Captain for Team Canada and every time he stepped on the ice I got excited. He was by far one of the most entertaining players to watch, he was smart, agile and had one hell of a shot. The one highlight that really stood out for me was when he took a shot wide of the net on purpose to fake out the goalie and pass it to a fellow teammate, John Tavares, who scored. At first everyone thought we’d just gotten lucky but after watching the replay a couple of times you could tell that he’d done it on purpose. These are the kinds of players we love to watch, the P.K Subban’s and Pavel Datsyuk’s, the guys who make hockey truly interesting and exciting.

My expectations for Ryan Ellis at the NHL level? Well lets look at what he’s accomplished so  far. In the OHL he’s won numerous awards including the Max Kaminsky Trophy twice, which is awarded to the most outstanding defenceman in the OHL,  the 2009 memorial Cup, 2 silver and 1 gold medal in the world juniors and many others. His stats are equally impressive, in the OHL regular season he has 74 goals and 314 points in 226 games, in the OHL playoffs he has 19 goals and 88 points in 62 games. He is the highest scoring defenceman in franchise history for the Windsor Spitfires. Not too shabby if you ask me.

So my expectations for Ryan Ellis; make the NHL roster, bulk up a bit, in his first year get around 30 to 40 points and keep getting better. Yes I realize he’s small but so is Michael Cammeleri and he does just fine, between the two there’s a 12 pound, no height difference, with Cammaleri being ever so slightly bigger. Same with Jordin Tootoo he’s the same height as Ellis but he bulked up a lot and is now 199 pounds and is one of the best enforcers/grinders in the league. Height shouldn’t be a problem as long as Ellis keeps it from being so. It may force him to play a different style of defence because his reach is a good bit shorter than most players but looking at his stats and his plus-minus rating (+52 in 08-09 season) that doesn’t seem to be much of a problem.

What do you think? What are your expectations for Ryan Ellis? Do you think he’ll do very well, fail miserably or just have a decent season?  I want to know what you think so comment or tweet me with your opinion!

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