Ryan Ellis D NAS 13 Days

Ellis and the Predators are reportedly not close to signing a new contract, according to Josh Cooper of the Tennessean.

Ellis, currently a restricted free agent, finally put together a decent season last year, posting 27 points (6G, 21A) in 80 games. However, his development has still been far too slow for the Preds' liking, considering his stellar offensive contributions in junior (300+ points in four seasons from 2007-2011). Assuming the two sides can agree on a deal for the upcoming season, Ellis will likely return to his usual role as a second-pairing, second power play defenseman. However, the Preds are well-stocked with blue line talent, so they are likely not in a huge rush to get a deal done, if it means overpaying Ellis. For fantasy purposes, be sure to keep him off your draft lists as long as he remains unsigned.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 4 Months

Ryan Ellis scored the overtime winner to lead Canada to a 3-2 victory over Sweden.

The win gives Canada first place in their division heading into the quarter-finals of the World Championship. They are tied in the standings with Sweden but will take first place due to the win. Brayden Schenn and Kevin Bieksa also scored for Canada who were down 2-0. Linus Klasen and Joakim Lindstrom gave the Swedes the 2-0 lead.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 8 Months

It has taken him awhile, but defenseman Ryan Ellis seems to have found his offensive game.

Ellis is starting to flash his offense with five points in his past five games. Because of his size (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) Ellis needs to score because defensemen his size don't usually stick around for their defensive ability. With the way he's coming on, Ellis might be worth taking a chance on if he's available in your fantasy league.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 8 Months

Ryan Ellis scored and assisted in the Predators' 5-4 loss to the Avalanche on Saturday night.

Ellis has five points over his last five games, helping him to three goals and 16 points on the season. Roman Josi also notched a goal and an assist, and he now has points in three straight. Craig Smith picked up the other goal.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 8 Months

Ryan Ellis registered a goal and an assist in Nashville's 4-2 triumph over Calgary Tuesday night.

"Our forwards did a good job of driving the net, which as a defenseman I know it's tough to get up there and hold off because there's always going to be a guy behind you if he's due," Ellis said. "I just kind of pumped once and got it off and luckily it went in." He has 14 points in 46 games this campaign.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 10 Months

Ryan Ellis was promoted to Nashville's second defense pairing, with Kevin Klein, in Wednesday's win over Columbus.

He received a season-high 18:12 of ice time in the Predators' 4-0 win. Ellis finished the contest with two assists and a plus-3 rating. He has picked up seven points in 23 games this season, but those numbers could go up if he can build off this performance.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 11 Months

Ryan Ellis has points in just one of his eight games this season.

The 22 year-old defenseman was a major point producer in the OHL, but has been leapfrogged by rookie phenom Seth Jones on the depth chart and does not appear to hold any fantasy value.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 12 Months

Ryan Ellis will probably get into Nashville's lineup on Tuesday.

He's been a healthy scratch in the Predators' first two games of the season, but Roman Josi's injury has opened a hole for him on the back end. "I've been waiting all summer to get back at it. It's unfortunate what happened to Josi. It's tough, but that's when people have to step up," Ellis said. "Hopefully I can get in there and make a difference." He registered six points in 32 games last season with the Predators.

Ryan Ellis D NAS 12 Months

Nashville is hoping to see more offensive production from Ryan Ellis this season.

"He's not gifted with size. You want to be as strong and as fast as you can to give yourself some separation," coach Barry Trotz said. "Last year he concentrated so much on defending and there wasn't much offense out of him. Just a healthy balance is what I need." Ellis isn't expected to be used in many defensive situations for the Predators, so he'll probably need to produce points to remain in the lineup. He is also playing in the final season of his entry-level deal, so he would "love to have a big year." He has recorded five goals and 17 points in 64 games over his last two seasons.

Ryan Ellis D NAS Apr 04 '13

Ryan Ellis is back up with the Nashville Predators.

Ellis last played in an NHL game back on March 21. He has skated in 31 games with the Predators this season, but has only chipped in six points to go with his 44 shots.