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Born January 3, 1991 (1991-01-03) (age 19),
Hamilton, ON, CAN
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
173 lb (78 kg; 12 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
OHL team Windsor Spitfires
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2009
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2009 – present

Ryan Ellis (born January 3, 1991) is a Canadian major junior ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He was a first-round pick of the Nashville Predators in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.


Playing career

Ellis was taken in the 2nd round, 22nd overall, by the Windsor Spitfires in the 2007 OHL draft, and quickly took on the role of Windsor's top defenceman. In 63 games in his first season, he led all team defenders with 15 goals, 48 assists and a +30 plus-minus rating.[1] He was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team, along with Spitfires teammate Taylor Hall, who also captured the Emms Family Award as OHL rookie of the year.[2]

The following season, in 2008–09, his NHL draft eligible year, Ellis competed in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge for Team OHL,[3] CHL Top Prospects Game[4] and was also selected as an alternate captain for the Western Conference at the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic.[5] He improved to 22 goals and 89 points in 57 games to finish second in team scoring to Taylor Hall. His 67 assists was first in the league and he also finished seventh overall in league point-scoring.[6] As a result, Ellis was awarded the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the league's top defenceman. He was additionally voted the smartest player and best offensive defenceman in the Western Conference in an annual poll of OHL coaches.[7] Ellis cites the smartest player award as the one that makes him most proud.[8]

Going into the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he was listed as the fifteenth best prospect overall among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau – fourth among defencemen – in their midterm rankings,[4] then sixteenth overall in the final rankings.[9] Standing at 5 feet and 9 inches, Ellis is considered relatively small for a defenceman, which has been seen as a weakness in his game.[4] However, in regards to Ellis' size, legendary defenceman Bobby Orr has said of him, "he's not very big, but you'll see … he's a heck of a hockey player."[4] Ellis has publicly discredited any size concerns, citing his hitting ability as one of the reasons why.[10] Ellis stated that if he signs an NHL contract, the first thing on his list to purchase is a set of new garage doors for his parents because of all the dents he left.[11] He said this upcoming off-season, he is concentrated on improving off the ice first.[12]


International play

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2009 Canada
Silver 2010 Canada {{{2}}}
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2008 Slovakia
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold 2008 Russia
World U17 Hockey Challenge
Gold 2008 Canada

Ellis took part in Team Ontario's gold medal finish in the 2008 World U17 Hockey Challenge. With 9 points in 8 games, he was named to the Tournament All-Star Team, along with teammate Matt Duchene. Later that year, he was named to Canada's under-18 team for the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships in April and 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August, where he won back-to-back gold medals. He then participated in Canada's gold medal finish at the under-20 level in the 2009 World Junior Championships as the host country in Ottawa. As one of only three 2009 draft eligible players on the team, along with Evander Kane of the Vancouver Giants and John Tavares of the London Knights,[13] Ellis was a key performer throughout the tournament, scoring 7 points in 6 games to finish fourth among defenders in the tournament. Elllis, alongside PK Subban also successfully anchored the unique quarterback style powerplay which was one of the Canadian team's most potent weapon throughout the tournament. [14]


  • Named to the OHL All-Rookie Team in 2008.
  • Named to the World U17 Tournament All-Star Team in 2008.
  • Named OHL Defenceman of the Month for October 2008, February 2009 and March 2009.[15][16]
  • Named OHL Player of the Week on November 4, 2008 and April 20, 2009.[17][18]
  • Won the Max Kaminsky Trophy in 2009.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Windsor Spitfires OHL 63 15 48 63 51 5 2 3 5 2
2008–09 Windsor Spitfires OHL 57 22 67 89 57 20 8 23 31 20
2009–10 Windsor Spitfires OHL 48 12 49 61 38
OHL totals 168 49 164 213 146 25 10 26 36 22


  1. ^ "2007-08 Windsor Spitfires [OHL"]. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Taylor Hall Named OHL Rookie of the Year". Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  3. ^ "OHL Announces Roster and Coaching Staff for 2009 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge". Ontario Hockey League. 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Ellis having a year to remember". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  5. ^ "Subban and Tavares Named Captains for the 2009 Subway OHL All-Star Classic". Ontario Hockey League. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  6. ^ "2008-09 OHL League Leaders". Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  7. ^ "OHL Announces 2008-09 Coaches Poll Winners". Ontario Hockey League. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  8. ^ "Ryan Ellis: Small Kid, Big Deal". The Good Point. 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  9. ^ "Tavares Tops Final NHL Central Scouting Rankings". Ontario Hockey League. 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  10. ^ "Ryan Ellis: Small Kid, Big Deal". The Good Point. 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  11. ^ "Ryan Ellis: Small Kid, Big Deal". The Good Point. 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  12. ^ "Ryan Ellis: Small Kid, Big Deal". The Good Point. 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  13. ^ "Canada - Roster". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  14. ^ "Defensemen Scoring Leaders" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  15. ^ "OHL Announces Top Performers of the Month for February". Ontario Hockey League. 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  16. ^ "OHL Announces Top Performers of the Month for March". Ontario Hockey League. 2009-04-02. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  17. ^ "Spitfires' Ryan Ellis Named Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week". Ontario Hockey League. 2008-11-04.’-ryan-ellis-named-boston-pizza-ohl-player-of-the-week-p126892. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  18. ^ "Spitfires' Ryan Ellis Named Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week". Ontario Hockey League. 2009-04-20.’-ellis-named-boston-pizza-ohl-player-of-the-week--p128186. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 

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Preceded by
Chet Pickard
Nashville Predators first round draft pick
Succeeded by


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