The Nashville Predators are set to get a boost on their back end in the New Year as defenseman Ryan Ellis will make his season debut after undergoing offseason knee surgery.
General manager David Poile told 104.5 The Zone in Nashville on Thursday Ellis is on track to debut against the Vegas Golden Knights on January 2.
The 26-year-old scored 16 goals and added 22 assists over 71 games with the Preds in 2016-17. Ellis added five goals and eight assists over 22 games in the playoffs as Nashville made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final that they lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Ellis has 46 goals and 95 assists over 352 career games in Nashville, who selected him 11th overall in 2009.
The Preds will be scary with Ellis back in the fold!