REPORT | Former first-round pick's career most likely over due to injuries

Published August 4, 2023 at 3:16 PM

When the Nashville Predators used the 11th overall pick in 2009 to select Ryan Ellis, they had big expectations of him playing a big role in a defensive core which included Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.

Ellis went on to play in ten seasons with the Predators, helping them reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2017, before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in July 2021.

The Hamilton native's time with the Flyers was limited to only four games in the 2021-22 season after he suffered a torn psoas muscle, which he sustained in November of that season.

According to Flyers President of Hockey Operations Keith Jones, it appears unlikely that Ellis plays another game in the National Hockey League and his career may be over at only 32-years-old.

#Flyers President of Hockey Operations Keith Jones told reporters today that D Ryan Ellis has a torn psoas muscle in his back, and has likely played his last NHL game.

Jones when asked about a surgical option for Ellis:

"I think that he's exhausting everything that he can in order to play, like we all do. You never want to have the void of not doing something that you'd love to do. He did it very effectively when he played so it's got to be really difficult."

In 566 career games, Ellis put up 275 points (76 goals, 199 assists), 189 penalty minutes and was a plus-116. He went on to record 38 points (seven goals, 31 assists) in 74 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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