Dan Ellis

Posted: April 19, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Carolina Hurricanes

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The Good: Dan makes the most of his limited size and never quits on a play. He can be a starter for stretches, as seen in Tampa Bay and Nashville, but unless Jonas Hiller is out for an extended period of time, dont expect that in Anaheim. He has a ton of perseverance, which suits him well in battling shooters on a regular basis. He can be a solid backup goalie at a cheap price ($1,500,000).  Ellis isn’t a superstar goalie or anything, but he can be solid, as shown when he stole the starting role from Chris Mason in Nashville.  He does give up rebounds, but he’s pretty athletic so he can get back usually. He loves to play the puck, which can help on the power play. He also has a great sense of humor and is great to have in the change room. Due to his competitive nature, when the games count, he brings a new level to his game, but doesn’t get much opportunity playing as a backup.

The Bad: Lacks the long-range consistency to be a starting goaltender at the National Hockey League level.  Despite being a good puck handler, he will at times mishandle the puck or over-play his position, resulting into a goal against.  His confidence lacks at times. He does a good job of stopping the first shot, but has bad rebound control and will leave a lot of pucks out there up for grabs. The big thing that keeps Ellis from being a starting goaltender is his consistency. He’ll be dynamite for 20 games or so, and then he’ll go for a stretch where he regularly gives up 3-5 goals per game. He’s really agile in goal, but also tends to bite on the first deke in 1v1 situations.

Awards

  • NHL Second Star of the Week for week ending March 30, 2008 (233:39 shutout streak)
  • Named to the CCHA Second All-Star Team in 2001–02
  • Named the USHL Goaltender of the Year
  • Named the USHL Player of the Year
  • Named a USHL First Team All-Star
  • Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award in 2007–08

Records

  • Nashville Predators franchise record for longest shutout streak (233:39)
  • Nashville Predators franchise record for saves and shots faced in a single game (52)
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) franchise record records for games played (118)
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) franchise record records for games started (117)
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) franchise record records for wins (53)
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) franchise record records for shutouts (7)
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) franchise record records for saves (3,125)

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1999–00 Omaha Lancers USHL 55 34 16 4 3274 123 11 2.25 .925
2000–01 University of Nebraska-Omaha NCAA 40 21 14 3 2285 95 0 2.49 .911
2001–02 University of Nebraska-Omaha NCAA 40 20 15 4 2405 97 0 2.42 .919
2002–03 University of Nebraska-Omaha NCAA 39 11 21 5 2211 117 0 3.18 .900
2003–04 Utah Grizzlies AHL 20 5 14 0 1130 55 2 2.92 .909
2003–04 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 23 13 8 1 1334 57 2 2.56 .909
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 1 1 0 0 60 3 0 3.00 .893
2004–05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 31 10 19 0 1773 82 1 2.77 .908
2005–06 Iowa Stars AHL 34 16 13 1 1857 86 2 2.78 .911
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 55 30 21 1 3194 148 4 2.78 .894
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 44 23 10 3 2228 87 6 2.34 .924
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 35 11 19 4 1965 96 3 2.93 .900
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 31 15 13 1 1715 77 1 2.69 .909
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 31 13 7 6 1679 82 2 2.93 .889
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 13 8 3 1 729 29 0 2.39 .917
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 10 1 5 0 419 19 0 2.72 .911
NHL totals 165 72 57 0 15 8795 393 12 2.68 .908

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1999–00 Omaha Lancers USHL 4 1 3 238 10 0 2.52
2003–04 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 16 13 3 966 30 3 1.86 .938
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 12 6 6 679 35 0 3.09
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 6 2 4 356 15 0 2.52 .938
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 1 0 1 41 4 0 5.85 .833
NHL totals 7 2 5 398 19 0 2.87 .928

Drafted: 60th overall, 2000

Dallas Stars

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