Adding to what Ryan already posted this morning, here is the lowdown on the return of Ryan Ellis to Milwaukee.
In his first ever National Hockey promotion Ellis skated in 22 games for Nashville, picking up three goals and six assists while registering a plus-eight rating. Not exactly the profile of a player who was going to be demoted to the American Hockey League.
The reason for Ellis return trip to Milwaukee? A blueline log jam with the Predators. Ellis received under four minutes of ice time in Nashville’s 3-2 win over Dallas on February 19 and has not been in the Predators’ lineup since. He was a healthy scratch in Nashville’s 3-1 win over Vancouver (Tuesday) and in the Predators 3-2 shootout loss to St. Louis last night. No surprise Ellis saw a reduction of playing time soon after Nashville made the trade for Hal Gill.
How badly does Milwaukee need Ryan Ellis back? Since the Hamilton, Ontario native’s original promotion on December 26, the Admirals have won just nine out of 25 games posting a record of 9-14-2-0.
So Roundtable . . . How will you welcome back Ryan Ellis? What kind of impact do you expect him to have with Milwaukee?