Only 10 games into his NHL career, Ryan Ellis has made an impact, with two goals and three assists. With those numbers, the rookie defenseman has appeared to earn an NHL job on an already talented Nashville blue line.
Two of his goals and one of his assists have come on the power play, helping Nashville to a 21 percent power-play success rate, the league's third-best mark.
A highly decorated junior, both with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League as well as his nearly unheard-of three appearances with the Canadian World Junior Championship team, Ellis was Nashville's first-round selection in the 2009 NHL draft. When Ellis captained the 2011 Canadian World Junior team, he became the seventh player to represent Canada in that tournament three times.
Generously listed at 5-foot-10 and 179 pounds, Ellis faced questions about whether he could contribute as effectively at the NHL level as he had as a junior and in the minors.
On Saturday night, the Predators welcomed the ...