Preds Re-sign Ryan Ellis for 5 Years

Defenseman Ryan Ellis impressed in Milwaukee for 61 regular season and 11 more playoff games from 2011-2013, scoring 10 goals and 24 assists. (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus //

After a long summer of waiting, former Milwaukee Admirals defenseman Ryan Ellis has re-signed with the Nashville Predators to the tune of 5 years and $12.5 million. The new contract starts at $1.5 million in for the upcoming campaign – growing up to $3.5 million in 2018-2019.

The 23-year-old represents one of the Predators’ most important developmental prospects. The former 11th overall pick in 2009 had a breakout season last year as he scored 6 goals and 27 points in 80 games. He also ranked second on the team in plus/minus at +9 behind Craig Smith‘s +16.

Ellis joined Milwaukee for the 2011 Calder Cup playoffs after a stellar four-year run with the Windsor Spitfires. He proceeded to accumulate 10 goals and 24 assists in 72 regular season and playoff games with Milwaukee from 2011-2013, playing part-time with the Admirals in each of his first two professional seasons, before graduating to full-time status in a Predators uniform last year.

So Roundtable . . . What do you think of Nashville’s resigning of Ryan Ellis? Is he a player worth having around for five more years? Any favorite memories of the 5’10” blue liner in Milwaukee? What does his signing mean to current Admirals defenseman moving forward?

5 thoughts on “Preds Re-sign Ryan Ellis for 5 Years”

  1. I tend to think that Ryan Ellis will also traded before this contract is over. Call it hunch, or simply a wild guess, but I tend to think that will happen. Part of that has to do with the defenders already in the system, his size and role and maybe a new coaching staff. That being said, I’m a big fan of Ryan’s and was so in Milwaukee. He was a nice player to see dress in Milwaukee on numerous occasions. I think he might have benefited from a little more in the AHL a couple of years back, but his career seems right on track. Hard to believe he’s only 23.

  2. He’s not 5’10” unless he’s in his skates. The laws of physics suggest he’s never going to be the second coming of Shea Webber. Unless he can dramatically improve his offensive numbers to something closer to what he did in the OHL, he’s not worth the money.

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