Ellis’ professional career began in 2009 when he was drafted 11th overall by the Nashville Predators at the NHL Entry Draft. However, he did not play a game within the organization for two more years. In 2011 Ryan Ellis finally started his professional journey with the Milwaukee Admirals, but it was short-lived as he saw a substantial amount of playing time in Nashville. In fact, he played in more games for the Predators in the 2011-12 season than he did with Milwaukee. Ellis scored his first NHL goal on January 7th, 2012 against the Carolina Hurricanes. Ellis’ career would only go up from there.
The 2012-13 season saw Ryan Ellis once again split time between the Admirals and the Predators. He played in 32 games for both clubs, but failed to really make an impact on the scoresheet for either teams. He only scored 14 and six points respectively. That didn’t matter, though; as the next season Ryan Ellis got promoted to the Predators full-time, and he never looked back. He scored 27 points in his first full season with Nashville, and everyone began to understand just how good Ellis was going to be. That is why General Manager David Poile locked him up to a 5-year contract worth 12.5 million.
Since signing his contract, Ryan Ellis has been nothing short of amazing. Just when you think he has reached his peak, he gets even better. His point total has increased every season, topping out at 38 points in 71 games last season. That was good enough to put him at 8th on the team in points. And none of this mentions the fact that he is a stellar defenseman, as well. Ellis has definitely proved his worth and will warrant a huge contract when the time comes.