Morgan Ellis was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry draft. The right-handed shooting defenseman has a reputation as a solid leader, with a good work-ethic. The 6'1", 200 lbs Ellis showed some impressive skating; with strong cross-overs while skating both forward and backward.
Ellis plays on a young Cape Breton team still struggling to compete. They were particularly overmatched during the game scouted. Losing 5-1 to the eventual Memorial Cup champion St. John Sea Dogs. Ellis is the undisputed number one defenseman on the team. He played on the number one powerplay, on the top penalty-killing unit, and against the Sea Dogs' top-players at even-strength.
Ellis had a solid grade despite ending the game with a minus-1 rating during a 5-1 loss. Most of his events took place in the defensive-zone; understandable considering the strength of opposition and the game's final score. His best numbers actually took place in the offensive-zone, where he won all 8 of his o-zone puck-battles. His grade was 6 percentage-points above the Habs' regular season team average from last season.
Overall Risk/Reward Rating
Ellis had a solid overall risk/reward rating. His rating was the 10th-best recorded by a Habs prospect this past season. His events-per-minute were relatively high considering his ice-time, while his ratings improved as the game wore on. He was able to walk the offensive-line on 2 seperate occasions; allowing him to create a lane in order to get a shot through to the net.
|EVENTS/ MIN||4.29||EVENTS/ MIN|
Offensive-zone Risk/Reward Rating
Ellis' work in the offensive-zone carried his grade. Despite a limited amount of events in the offensive-zone, Ellis was able to win all 8 of his o-zone puck-battles, while completing 67% of his offensive-zone passes. He also managed 1 o-zone takeaway.
|EVENTS/ MIN||0.88||EVENTS/ MIN|
Defensive-zone Risk/Reward Rating
As explained earlier, the majority of Ellis' events took place in the defensive-zone. He had a strong game cutting off passing lanes, as he racked up 6 blocked passes, and 2 blocked shots. He won 57% of his d-zone puck-battles, while completing 59% of his his pass-attempts. His defensive-zone rating was the 5th best recorded by a Habs prospect last season.
|EVENTS/ MIN||2.96||EVENTS/ MIN|
Neutral-zone Risk/Reward Rating
Ellis displayed some solid puck-management skills; completing all 6 of his attempted even strength dump-ins and both of his attempted short-handed dump-outs. He won 67% of his neutral-zone puck-battles, but was successful with only 50% of his attempted neutral-zone pass-attempts.
|EV/ MIN||0.50||EVENTS/ MIN|
Raw Numbers from a 5-1 loss to the St. John Sea Dogs on March 29th, 2011
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|PK DUMP+||2||PK DUMP+|
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|PS THRU||2||PS THRU|
|OZ PS BL||OZ PS BL|
|POINTS X2||POINTS X2|