The Philadelphia Flyers are finally getting the lockdown defenseman that they have desperately needed for the last few seasons. Former first-round pick Ryan Ellis has been traded to Philadelphia Flyers by the Nashville Predators. The Predators acquired Nolan Patrick and Philippe Myers in return for Ryan Ellis. Immediately the Predators flipped Nolan Patrick to the Vegas Golden Knights for Cody Glass. All three teams benefit from their trade acquisitions but the Flyers are the biggest winner of the trade.
What Did the Philadelphia Flyers Get In the Trade?
The best player in the deal is going to be a crucial part of the Flyers’ success in the next season and beyond theirs. With a contract that lasts six more seasons, Ryan Ellis will be an important piece to the Flyers now and in the future. The former 11th overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft is one of the best and most underrated defensemen in the league. Over the course of his 10 season NHL career, Ellis has scored 75 goals and 195 assists in 562 regular-season games. Not only is he a performer in the regular season he comes alive during the playoffs. During the Predators’ run to the Stanley cup final Ellis played 22 games and had 13 points including five assists. Not only does he produce points his defensive play is great as well. Standing at just 5’10” Ellis is undersized for an NHL player but it has yet to stop him as constantly goes against players bigger them him and frequently wins the one on one battle.
The only issue with Ellis is his health situation. During the shortened 2021 season Ellis suffered an upper-body injury that put him on the injured reserve for over a month. If Ellis can stay healthy he will be a fantastic addition to the Flyers lineup. Not only will Ellis fit right in on the ice but he and his orange beard will rival the Flyers mascot Gritty for best facial hair in Philadelphia.
What Did the Nashville Predators Get In the Trade?
The Predators traded away the best player in the deal but they also get two promising prospects for their impending rebuild. Trading Ryan Ellis was a hard pill to swallow for all preds fans and management since he was such a key piece to Nashville’s run to the 2017 Stanley Cup appearance. In Return the Predators gained prospect Cody Glass and Phillipe Myers.
Glass is the sixth overall pick of the 2017 NHL draft and the first overall pick in Vegas Golden Knights history. So far Glass hasn’t panned out quite the way he was expected. He has just 66 career games in the NHL. He has scored nine goals and 13 assists for 22 total points in his career. Last season Glass played 27 games for the Golden Knights and scored four goals and six assists. At just 22 years old Glass still has plenty of potential that the Predators hope to tap into and build around for the future.
The second asset they picked up in their trades was Phillipe Myers from the Flyers. The 24-year-old defenseman is a former undrafted free agent that has proceeded to make an impact at the NHL level. Myers has played 115 games at the NHL level with the Flyers over the course of three seasons. He has scored six goals and 23 assists for 29 total points. Last season Myers had just one goal and 10 assists in 44 games. Myers is not known as an offensive defenseman but his defensive game was strong enough to play in the Flyers’ top-four defense. Playing over 18 minutes a game Myers should have a similar role with the Predators during their rebuild.
What Did the Vegas Golden Knights Get In the Trade?
The former second overall pick Nolan Patrick gets a change of scenery for the first time in his NHL career. Nolan Patrick has struggled with production and staying healthy throughout his young career. In his career, he has 197 games of experience and has scored 30 goals and 40 assists. Last season he played 52 games but had just four goals and five assists for nine points. Struggling with injury all year Patrick was unable to contribute on a regular basis. Now with the Vegas Golden Knights Nolan Patrick needs the luck every gambler desires when they travel to Vegas casinos.
Patrick fits right in with Vegas as the Golden Knights have a huge need at the center position. As a center, Patrick will most likely slot right in on the third or fourth line for the Golden Knights.
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