Ellerby, 24, will join a Jets blue line that is missing injured regulars Mark Stuart (hip), Jacob Trouba (neck) and Paul Postma (blood clot). Earlier this week, Winnipeg recalled defensemen Ben Chiarot and Julian Melchiori from the St. John’s IceCaps, their American Hockey League affiliate. Chiarot and Melchiori may make their NHL debuts Saturday when the Jets play the Chicago Blackhawks at MTS Centre.
A 6-foot-5 defenseman, Ellerby had not dressed for the Kings this season after playing 35 games last season. Los Angeles acquired him in 2013 in a trade with the Florida Panthers.
The Panthers chose Ellerby 10th in the 2007 NHL Draft. He has played 160 NHL games and has two goals and 18 assists.
I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.
— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final