Nashville Predators have announced that their defenseman Ryan Ellis will miss the beginning of the upcoming 2017-18 NHL season recovering from a knee surgery he underwent during the offseason. The estimations are that he will be ready by the January 1st. The news was shared on the Predators official Twitter profile.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) September 7, 2017
Commenting on Ellis’ injury, Predators GM David Poile said that “the initial prognosis on this type of a knee injury is four to six months” while adding that “the doctor feels, it’s going to take the full six months for him to recover“.
Ryan Ellis suffered a lower-body injury in the second period of Game 5 in Stanley Cup Final but managed to return for the Game 6 of the series playing 24 minutes and blocking three shots in the process. Nashville Predators were aware that Ellis won’t be ready for the start of the upcoming season, so they traded 2019 third-round draft pick to Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for veteran Alexei Emelin. This was confirmed by Poile: “We don’t expect him back until the end of the year, maybe right around Christmastime. We had a little bit of heads up, and that’s really one of the reasons why we got [Alexei] Emelin from Las Vegas to add to not only our depth but our quality of our defense.“
Predators selected Ellis with 11th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Although being listed among the Top 5 defenseman prospects in the draft, many considered his size (5 feet and 9 inches) as a weakness. It wasn’t, especially the last season when he was an important piece of the team’s top four that lead the Predators to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance. In 22 playoff games played in 2016 – 2017 season, Ellis had 5 goals in addition to 8 assists. This ranked him second among defensemen, behind Roman Josi who scored 6 goals. He played 352 NHL games in his career, scoring 46 goals and providing 95 assists.