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Morgan Ellis (born April 30, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing under contract with HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Ellis was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 4th round (117th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Morgan Ellis
Morgan Ellis.jpg
Born (1992-04-30) April 30, 1992 (age 27)
Ellerslie, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
HC Sochi
Montreal Canadiens
Skellefteå AIK
Färjestad BK
Kölner Haie
NHL Draft 117th overall, 2010
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2012–present

Playing careerEdit

Ellis played four seasons (20082012) of major junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), scoring 27 goals and 96 assists for 123 points, while earning 222 penalty minutes, in 237 QMJHL games. He was recognized for his outstanding performance during the 2011–12 season when he was selected to receive the Kevin Lowe Trophy as the league's best defensive defenceman,[1] and was also named to the 2011–12 QMJHL Second All-Star Team.[2] Ellis, who played the majority of his career with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, was traded to the Shawinigan Cataractes in December 2011, and would help them capture the 2012 Memorial Cup that following April.[3]

Ellis was drafted 117th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. On March 1, 2012, Ellis was signed to a three-year entry-level contract.[4] He was assigned to play the 2012–13 season in the American Hockey League with the Hamilton Bulldogs where he skated in 71 games, registering 4 goals and 4 assists for 8 points, along with 57 penalty minutes, in his first professional season.

On June 1, 2015, Ellis was signed to a one-year, two-way contract extension by the Canadiens.[5] On January 27, 2016, Eliis was named to represent the North Division roster for the AHL All-Star Game as part of the Canadiens AHL affiliate the St. John's IceCaps.[6]

On February 26, 2016, Ellis was recalled by the Canadiens and played in his first NHL game on March 2, 2016 in a 3–2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. He would play two additional games before being reassigned to the IceCaps on March 6, 2016.[7][8]

On July 2, 2016, having left the Canadiens organization as a free agent, Ellis agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues.[9] After competing in the Blues 2016 training camp, Ellis was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves for the duration of the 2016–17 season.

As an impending unrestricted free agent, after the conclusion of the Wolves post-season exit, Ellis opted to sign his first contract abroad in agreeing to a one-year deal with Swedish club, Skellefteå AIK of the Swedish Hockey League, on May 15, 2017.[10] He split the 2017–18 season, between SAIK and Färjestad BK, posting 10 points in 49 games combined.

As a free agent, Ellis moved to the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, agreeing to a one-year contract with German outfit, Kölner Haie, on May 9, 2018.[11]

Ellis continued his journeyman European career, signing a one-year contract for the 2019–20 season, with Russian club, HC Sochi of the KHL, on May 2, 2019.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 52 0 6 6 45 10 0 1 1 4
2009–10 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 60 4 25 29 56 5 1 0 1 10
2010–11 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 65 8 28 36 65 4 0 0 0 8
2011–12 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 34 7 18 25 18
2011–12 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 26 8 19 27 38 11 4 7 11 6
2012–13 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 71 4 4 8 57
2013–14 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 59 3 7 10 36
2014–15 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 27 3 6 9 13
2014–15 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 39 13 13 26 22 5 0 2 2 0
2015–16 St. John's IceCaps AHL 73 16 26 42 51
2015–16 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2016–17 Chicago Wolves AHL 74 9 21 30 36 10 0 1 1 0
2017–18 Skellefteå AIK SHL 39 0 5 5 40
2017–18 Färjestad BK SHL 9 4 1 5 4 6 0 1 1 27
2018–19 Kölner Haie DEL 52 12 22 34 26 11 0 4 4 4
NHL totals 3 0 0 0 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada Atlantic U17 8th 5 0 0 0 4
2009 Canada Atlantic U17 9th 5 1 1 2 0
Junior totals 10 1 1 2 4

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
QMJHL
Kevin Lowe Trophy – Best Defensive Defenceman 2011–12 [13]
Second All-Star Team 2011–12 [14]
Memorial Cup Championship 2012 [15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ellis Wins Kevin-Lowe Trophy". Momentum Hockey. April 6, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "QMJHL Awards Handed Out". highlytouted.ca. April 4, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "Ellis savouring Memorial Cup and looking ahead". Journal Pioneer. May 30, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Canadiens sign minor league defenceman Morgan Ellis to three-year deal". The Hockey News. March 1, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Canadiens agree to terms on one-year contracts with Gabriel Dumont and Morgan Ellis". Montreal Canadiens. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  6. ^ "Morgan Ellis is headed to the AHL All-Star-Game". SB Nation. January 27, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ducks face Canadiens, aim for ninth straight win". Canadiens.com. March 2, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  8. ^ "Montreal Canadiens assign defenceman Morgan Ellis to St. John's". Sportsnet. March 6, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "Blues add depth, agree to terms with 9 players". St. Louis Blues. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  10. ^ "Skellefteå announce contract with Canadian defenseman Morgan Ellis" (in Swedish). Skellefteå AIK. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "Sharks sign Morgan Ellis" (in German). Kölner Haie. May 9, 2018. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Morgan Ellis signs with Sochi" (in Russian). HC Sochi. May 2, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ellis named QMJHL's top defensive defenceman". Cape Breton Post. March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  14. ^ "Golden Puck awards recognition of excellence". Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. April 1, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  15. ^ "Ellis savouring Memorial Cup and looking ahead". Journal Pioneer. May 30, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2015.

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