Friday, March 4, 2011

Ryan Ellis Wins OHL Defenseman of the Month for the Third Time in Five Months

Predator Prospect Ryan Ellis won the OHL Defenseman of the month for February for the third time in five months this season.

This further shows the ridiculous situation that exists in that players of Ellis's caliber cannot move to the AHL under certain circumstances. He would have been able to develop his game at a much quicker pace at the AHL level. Under the current agreements, his only choices this season was to play in Windsor or in Nashville.

Here is a portion of the release from the OHL...

OHL Player and Defenceman of the Month – Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires

Ryan Ellis of the Windsor Spitfires led the OHL in scoring with 27 points in 13 games scoring five goals and 22 assists. He becomes the first defenceman to claim the Player of the Month award this season, while also earning Defenceman of the Month honours for the third time this season and for the second straight month. He recorded points in each of the last 12 games of the month including nine multi-point games. He was named first star of the game an impressive four times in February including twice with four-point performances on February 10 with a goal and three assists despite a 6-4 loss to the Owen Sound Attack, and on February 18 with a goal and three assists in a 7-5 win over the Plymouth Whalers. On February 27 Ellis became just the third defenceman in OHL history to record 300 career points behind only Rick Corriveau who recorded 329 from 1987-92 and Denis Potvin who produced 330 points from 1968-73.

Ellis, a 20-year-old from Freelton, ON, is playing in his fourth OHL season with the Spitfires and ranks second all-time in franchise scoring behind Bill Bowler. A Nashville Predators prospect, Ellis was selected in the first round, 11th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and is currently fourth in league scoring and leads all OHL defencemen with 89 points in 51 games.

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