Ryan Ellis – Chewbacca
This one may be the easiest of all the comparisons to make. Chewbacca is often seen as the loyal side-kick to Han Solo in the movies. If it weren’t for the live debt Chewie owes, he wouldn’t be with Han. Yet, his role is super important throughout the movies. Chewie expertly flies the Millennium Falcon through the toughest of situations. He is willing to help and is great in a fight. Plus, he is hairy.
Similar things can be said about Ryan Ellis. The defense certainly plays at new levels when he is on the ice. Ellis is a physical presence, and led the team in blocked shots last year. And while his play is significant, he is easily one of the most overlooked players on the roster.
Like Chewbacca, who is lethal with his bowcaster, Ellis is a great shot with the puck. Last season, he notched a career high 16 goals on an 11.4 percent of his shots. That is the same percentage of James Neal.
When Ellis returns, be ready for some great moments. Even if they don’t show up on the stat sheet.