KEATON ELLERBY Defense Kamloops (Western Hockey League) 6-4, 185 pounds
A big defenseman with a “bit of a mean streak,” according to Panther scouting director Scott Luce. Hockey runs in Ellerby’s blood: His cousin is Coyote Shane Doan, his father played for the Calgary Wranglers and his uncle skated for Calgary and Victoria of the Western Hockey League.
Ellerby completed his third season with Kamloops in the Western Hockey League, scoring three goals and adding 23 assists while spending 120 minutes in the penalty box.
Central Scouting, which has Ellerby ranked as the No. 4 North American skater, calls him a “playmaking offensive defenseman that finishes his checks well.”
“A good skater with great mobility,” Central Scouting adds. “A good active stick and uses his reach effectively. Handles the puck well and is a heads-up player.”
Ellerby patterns his game after Panther defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and Anaheim’s Chris Pronger. “He’s a naturally gifted skater, and that’s what sets him apart,” Luce said.
A native of Strathmore, Alberta, Ellerby won the hardest shot competition at the 2007 Top Prospects Game with a shot registering 95.6 mph. Lists Johnny Depp and Denzel Washington as his favorite actors and Blow and Talladega Nights as his favorite movies.