Oilers goaltending prospect Nick Ellis’s season may have come to an abrupt end on March 25 when his team, the Providence College Friars, fell in a 2-1 overtime loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the Northeast Regional semi-final, but with the end of one hockey season, a new chapter is set to begin.
On April 7, Ellis signed a two-year entry level contract with the Oilers. Though he admits it was a difficult decision to part ways with his college team, he’s excited for the new opportunity.
“I’m really comfortable with my decision,” said Ellis. “Especially, coming to this camp, I really feel comfortable around the coaching staff. It was a really tough decision, but I know I made the right one.”
The netminder admits that a lot of what helped him make his decision came to rest on Oilers Goaltending Coach, Dustin Schwartz.
“He made me feel really comfortable coming here, and he knew my game and what I needed to change and I really agreed on that,” said Ellis.
Ellis, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, appeared in 36 games this season with Providence, posting a 25-7-4 record, a 1.80 goals against average, a .936 save percentage and four shutouts.
“It was just so much fun, we had a great team both on and off the ice. It was really fun to play a lot of games and just go out there and have fun.”
He was a two-time Hockey East goaltender of the month winner after his performances during the months of December and February.