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.
After being through it and seeing the other [outdoor] games on TV, just the atmosphere is spectacular. To stand here -- and we are essentially almost on the blue line -- and look up [into the stands] and knowing it is going to be packed and playing our biggest rival in this setting is going to be pretty special.
— Bruins president Cam Neely on the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between Boston and Montreal at Gillette Stadium on
Jan. 1, 2016