Preds 2009 First-Round pick Ryan Ellis
was named the Ontario Hockey League's Most Outstanding Player for the 2010-11 season, joining Brian Campbell (1999), Bryan Fogarty (1989), and Ron Howell (1956) as the only defensemen to earn the OHL's Most Outstanding Player award.
Ellis finished the regular season with 101 points (24 goals, 77 assists), far and away the most by any defenseman in any of the three Canadian Junior circuits -- despite missing time at the start of the year for NHL Preseason action with the Preds and time in the middle of the season for the World Junior Championships. He then added 19 points in 18 playoff games with the Windsor Spitfires.
Ellis became the first OHL defenseman since Jamie Rivers in 1993-94 to surpass the 100 point mark in a season and finished his OHL career with 316 points, one of just three defensemen in league history to post more than 300 career points, joining Rick Corriveau and NHL Hall of Famer Denis Potvin.
Ellis is currently playing with the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL playoffs. He recorded an assist in his pro debut, Game 1 of the Ads second round series against Houston.
A winner throughout his four-year junior career with the Spitfires, the 2009 first round pick of the Nashville Predators captured two OHL and Memorial Cup titles and was named to the MasterCard Memorial Cup All-Star Team in 2009. Internationally, Ellis is the only player in the history of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence to win Gold at each of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (2008), IIHF World Under-18 Championship (2008), Memorial of Ivan Hlinka (2008), and the IIHF World Junior Championship (2009). He also earned silver medals with Canada at the 2010 World Junior Championship and again in 2011 in Buffalo, NY, when he served as Team Captain and was named Best Defenceman of the tournament setting a new IIHF and Team Canada record for most career-points by a defenceman with 25 in 20 games.
“True and simple Ryan Ellis
is a winner,” said Predators President and General Manager David Poile. “I love players that are able to compete in April and in May and Ryan has shown his ability to be one of the best when his teams are competing for a championship. He has had a fabulous junior career, but equally important is how he has conducted himself as not just a special player but a great person.”