In order to clear up room for scoring forward Patric Hornqvist, who was activated off of IR today, Nashville decided to send defenseman Ryan Ellis down to Milwaukee.
Ellis, who started the season in Milwaukee, has been with Nashville since the day the NHL lockout ended after collecting nine points in an injury-shortened 20 games.
After a fast start to season with the Predators, Ellis has gone horribly cold. He is without a point since Feb. 14 (a stretch of 17 games), with the low point coming on March 14 when the 22-year-old suffered through a minus-four night as the Vancouver whipped the Predators 7-4. However, Ellis did compete in his first NHL fight in a 4-0 win over Dallas on March 12.
The Freelton, Ontario native has just six points in 31 NHL games this season after picking up 11 in 32 last season (both seasons Ellis started in Milwaukee). Ellis will join Craig Smith as recently demoted Predators on the Milwaukee roster.
So Roundtable . . . Are you as surprised as I am to see Ryan Ellis back in Milwaukee? Did his recent play warrant this demotion? Has Victor Bartley jumped ahead of Ellis and Jon Blum on the Predators’ depth chart (Bartley’s playing around 20 mins a game in his last three contests)? How long do you expect Ellis to be down?