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?