Ellis was reassigned to AHL St. John's on Sunday. The 23-year-old defenseman got his first taste of the NHL, serving three games as the Canadiens' sixth defenseman. Ellis played very sheltered minutes during his stint, essentially erasing any chance he would have at producing offensively, but he has been a factor in the AHL (31 points in 56 games).
Ellis made his NHL debut in Wednesday night's 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim. He skated on the third pair, registering two shots on goal and a two-minute penalty in 10:31 of ice time. Ellis, who had 12 goals and 31 points with St. John's in the American Hockey League prior to his call-up, has come a long way since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. The 6-foot-1 blue-liner from Prince Edward Island spent some time with the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) last season before getting back to American Hockey League.
Ellis has been called up the Canadiens from St. John's of the American Hockey League, the Montreal Gazette reports. Ellis is having a career-year for himself for the IceCaps, with 12 goals and 31 points in 56 games. The 6-foot-1, 207-pounder was a fourth-round draft pick (117th overall) by the Canadiens in 2010. With the news that Nathan Beaulieu (lower body) will miss two-to-three weeks, Ellis will provide some depth initially, but could find regular minutes as the Canadiens evaluated its younger players over the final weeks of the season.
Updating a previous report: Ellis will not be recalled by Montreal on Monday to replace Tom Gilbert (knee). Rather, Victor Bartley will receive the promotion instead. While Ellis has put together a solid season at AHL St. John's with 12 goals and 18 assists after 54 appearances, his NHL debut will have to wait.
Ellis was recalled by Montreal on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. The Canadiens have yet to announce a related move to make room for Bartley, although it would be surprising if the defenseman stayed in Montreal for extended time, given that he's yet to make his NHL debut. Although, the 23-year-old is having a solid season with AHL St. John's, accumulating 12 goals and 18 assists on 54 outings.
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