Ryan Ellis D NAS 17 Days

Ellis (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

The transaction is just procedural, as Ellis has been ruled out through at least the next two weeks with the injury. The Predators are expected to call up an extra defenseman from AHL Milwaukee to assume his roster spot.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 17 Days

Ellis (lower body) will be out until after the All-Star break, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

The Predators plan to reevaluate Ellis' condition in about two weeks. Prior to leaving the second period of Thursday's game against the Stars with the injury, Ellis had been enjoying his hottest stretch of play of the season, tallying two goals and three assists over a three-game span. With the specter of a long-term injury now hanging over Ellis, the onus will be on youngster Seth Jones to pick up the slack on the Preds' second pairing.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 18 Days

Ellis (lower body) was unable to practice Friday, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

With the Predators playing the Wild on Saturday in afternoon tilt, it appears safe to conclude that the blueliner will miss that contest, since the team won't be hold another skate before then to gauge his health. Look for Anton Volchenkov to check back in Saturday in Ellis's stead.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 18 Days

Ellis suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday's game against the Stars and will not return.

The origin of Ellis' injury is a bit unclear, but he will miss the remainder of Thursday's contest at a minimum. He should receive an updated status at some point before Saturday's game against the Wild.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 22 Days

Ellis dished out a pair of power-play assists in Sunday's loss to the Ducks.

That's back-to-back multi-point outings for Ellis, who now has four goals and 17 points in 38 games, to go with an impressive plus-11 rating. Averaging 19:46 of ice time and seeing decent power-play minutes, the 24-year-old could reach the 35-point barrier in 2014-15. As a top-six defenseman on a Nashville team sitting second in the Western Conference, Ellis makes for a good play in some deeper formats.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 23 Days

Ellis scored his fourth goal of the season and chipped in an assist in Saturday's wild 7-6 win over the Kings.

Ellis was one of four Predators to post a multi-point effort in this one. He now has 15 points, a plus-10 rating, 78 SOG and 27 PIM in 37 games this season and appears poised to challenge his career high of 27 points set last year. If Shea Weber and Roman Josi found themselves on one of your competitor's rosters this year, you could do worse than to kick the tires on Ellis if you're in need of D help, as he's a very serviceable rearguard on a surprisingly productive Nashville squad that ranks fourth in the Western Conference with 2.95 goals per game.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 2 Months

Ellis netted his third goal of the season in Thursday's victory over the Coyotes.

The 23-year-old has been a dependable contributor while taking on a greater role for the Predators this season. Ellis has noticed a rise in ice time of over three minutes compared to a season ago and has been a steady performer, providing 11 points, 17 PIM and 37 blocked shots over 28 contests.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 2 Months

Ellis contributed a pair of assists to Tuesday's 9-2 pasting of the Maple Leafs.

The points snapped a four-game drought for Ellis, who's still stuck on one goal among 37 shots this year, but nonetheless has a respectable nine points in 18 games. His development continues to proceed nicely.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 3 Months

Ellis scored his first goal of the year, assisted on the Preds' other two tallies, went plus-2 and potted the winner in the shootout Tuesday against the Coyotes.

That's how you put the team on your back. Ellis had gone four straight without a point after notching an assist in the opener, and this is a heck of a way to break the slump. The 23-year-old Ellis has massive offensive upside, but will have a hard time realizing it while skating on Nashville's third defensive pairing.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 4 Months

Ellis, who signed a five-year $12.5 million contract last week, skated with the team Monday, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

Ellis did not play in either of the team's split-squad scrimmages against the Panthers on Saturday, but could be in the lineup for Monday's game against the Blue Jackets. We expect he will be fully up to speed once the regular season begins in October.