Flyers Recall Ellison, Nedved, Potulny and Grenier
/ Philadelphia Flyers
(November 8) - The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have recalled 6'0", 192-pound center Matt Ellison, 6'3", 196-pound center Petr Nedved, 6'0", 190-pound center Ryan Potulny and 6'5", 245-pound defenseman Martin Grenier from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, according to Interim General Manager Paul Holmgren.
Ellison, 22, posted a goal and an assist in one game for the Phantoms this season. He has missed the last 11 games for the Phantoms recovering from abdominal surgery. Last season, Ellison recorded 13 points (3G,10A) and 19 penalty minutes in 31 games for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Flyers. He was acquired by the Flyers, along with a third round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, from Chicago in exchange for Eric Meloche and Patrick Sharp on December 5, 205. During the 2005-06 season, the Duncan, British Columbia native registered an assist and two penalty minutes in five games for the Flyers and 25 points (12G,13A) and 35 penalty minutes in 48 games for the Phantoms.
Over two seasons (2003-04 and 2005-06), Ellison has recorded three goals and 11 assists for 14 points and 19 penalty minutes in 41 career regular season NHL games with Chicago and the Flyers. He was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the fourth round (128th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Nedved, 34, recorded four goals and four assists for eight points and six penalty minutes in seven games for the Phantoms this season. He was assigned to the Phantoms on October 19 after he was scoreless in six games for the Flyers. In parts of two seasons with the Flyers (2005-06 and 2006-07), Nedved has registered five goals and nine assists for 14 points and 40 penalty minutes in 34 games. He was acquired by the Flyers, along with a fourth round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Dennis Seidenberg and a fourth round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft on January 20, 2006.
A native of Liberec, Czechoslovakia, Nedved has recorded 308 goals and 397 assists for 705 points and 684 penalty minutes in 948 career NHL regular season games over 15 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks (1990-91 through 1992-93), St. Louis Blues (1993-94), NY Rangers (1994-95, 1998-99 to 2003-04), Pittsburgh Penguins (1995-96 and 1996-97), Edmonton Oilers (2003-04), Phoenix (2005-06) and the Flyers (2005-06 and 2006-07).
Potulny, 22, has registered one goal and two assists for three points and eight penalty minutes in seven games for the Phantoms this season. He posted an assist in two regular season games with the Flyers last season. Potulny joined the Flyers after completing his junior season at the University of Minnesota.
A native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Potulny was an All-WCHA First Team honoree and 2006 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Finalist after recording 38 goals and 25 assists for 63 points and 31 penalty minutes in 41 games for the University of Minnesota during the 2005-06 season. He ranked first in the nation in points (63), goals (38) and goals per game (0.93), tied for first in power play goals (17) and was second in points per game (1.54). He was first in the WCHA in goals (23) and tied for second in points (42) and led Minnesota in goals (38), points (63), power play goals (17) and game-winning goals (5).
In three seasons with the Golden Gophers (2003-04 through 2005-06), Potulny registered 68 goals and 50 assists for 118 points and 61 penalty minutes in 100 career games.
Potulny was drafted by the Flyers in the third round (87th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Grenier, 26, was scoreless with 16 penalty minutes in nine games for the Phantoms this season. He was also scoreless in two games for the Flyers this season. He posted 12 points (4G,8A) and 278 penalty minutes in 76 regular season games for the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) last season. His 278 penalty minutes led the Wolf Pack.
A native of Laval, Quebec, Grenier has appeared in 17 career NHL regular season games over four seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes (2001-02 and 2002-03), Vancouver Canucks (2003-04) and the Flyers (2006-07), recording one goal and 14 penalty minutes. He was signed as a free agent by the Flyers on July 13, 2006.