In today’s series of “Top 3 Goals” we highlight Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis.
Ryan Ellis tallied six goals last season for the Predators and added 21 assists to combine for 27 total points in his 80 games played.
Ellis’ game seemed to improve night-in and night-out, especially on the power-play where he saw a growing amount of minutes for the Predators last season. Ellis did not have a power-play goal last season but did assist on six goals when playing with the man advantage.
The 5-foot 10-inch defenseman is currently a restricted free-agent, still not re-signed by the Predators.
There is plenty of time to work out a deal between Nashville and Ellis, but the situation has been under-the-radar so to speak with no real news or information being shared on the situation.
With Michael Del Zotto being let go by Nashville as a free-agent Ellis should, and in my opinion most likely will be, re-signed by Nashville sooner rather than later. There are those obvious trade rumors out there about Ellis being dangled as trade-bait since he is still not signed, but I don’t see much developing with those rumors.
Alright, let’s get right to it, here are Ellis’ top three goals from a year ago:
Goal #3: The bomb from the blue-line beating Evgeni Nabakov
Analysis: This is an absolute laser from the blue-line. Ellis has a heck of a slap shot, with a heck of a lot of power for an “undersized d-man”. He picked a spot and sent a lightning-bolt to beat Nabokov; not a Shea Weber lightning-bolt, but a minor lightning-bolt none the less.
Goal #2: The laser to beat Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov
Analysis: Number 4 showing off his slap-shot power again in this beauty of a one-timer. Pete Weber was super-excited about this one getting past Ilya Bryzgalov, who wouldn’t be. Nothing better than a great one-timer goal, and that’s exactly what this is, a beauty of a one-timer. Bryzgalov was about 5-seconds late on his reaction trying to stop that one.
Goal #1: Ellis undresses Corey Crawford with this shoulder-fake move and nets the go-ahead goal
Analysis: Ellis bolts out of the penalty-box, receives the puck, and goes to work on Chicago’s net-minder. We saw great moves from Ellis in shootout situations this year, and he didn’t disappoint on this wide-open breakaway chance. Ellis has tremendous offensive abilities, and boy is he fun to watch in the offensive-zone.
Will we see Ryan Ellis making these kinds of plays in a Predators sweater next season? I think we will.
Keep an eye out tomorrow as we continue the series as we rank Viktor Stalberg’s top three goals.