Nashville Predators 2009 first-round pick Ryan Ellis
was named both the OHL's Player of the Month and the OHL's Defenseman of the Month for his performances over the month of February.
of the Windsor Spitfires led the OHL in scoring with 27 points in 13 games scoring five goals and 22 assists. He becomes the first defenseman to claim the Player of the Month award this season, while also earning Defenseman of the Month honours for the third time this season and for the second straight month. He recorded points in each of the last 12 games of the month including nine multi-point games. He was named first star of the game an impressive four times in February including twice with four-point performances on February 10 with a goal and three assists despite a 6-4 loss to the Owen Sound Attack, and on February 18 with a goal and three assists in a 7-5 win over the Plymouth Whalers. On February 27 Ellis became just the third defenseman in OHL history to record 300 career points behind only Rick Corriveau who recorded 329 from 1987-92 and Denis Potvin who produced 330 points from 1968-73.
Ellis, a 20-year-old from Freelton, ON, is currently fourth in league scoring and leads all OHL defensemen with 89 points in 51 games.