No relation to Ryan, at least I don’t think. Dan Ellis had only one game of NHL experience before signing with the Nashville Predators on July 5, 2007. He began the season as the backup goaltender to Chris Mason but ended up outperforming his partner in twine. Ellis’ first season with the Predators was his best performance statistically. With 23 wins and 10 losses, he finished with a 2.34 GAA and .924 SV%.
The Predators made the playoffs that year, facing rival Detroit. Ellis started every game in the series that went six games. He held his own putting up a .938 SV% and 2.52 GAA. The following year Ellis started the season before Smashville got their first taste of Pekka Rinne. Ellis lasted with the team until 09-10 when he was part of a trade for Sergei Kostitsyn.
Dan Ellis put on a great first impression for the Nashville Predators but couldn’t quite match that initial season. His contributions as a free agent were definitely more than expected.