Edmonton sign Providence goalie Nick Ellis
The Edmonton Oilers have signed Providence Friars goaltender Nick Ellis to a two-year entry level deal, the club has announced.
Ellis appeared in 36 games this season for Providence College this season, as the Friars finished joint first in the Hockey East conference. The 22-year-old posted a 25-7-4 record, with a 1.80 goals-against average, a .936 save percentage and four shutouts.
The Millersville, Maryland native was in net for the Friars epic triple overtime loss to UMass-Lowell on March 18th, battling with UMass number one Kevin Boyle for 112 minutes before A.J. White score the winner for the River Hawks. Ellis made 42-saves during the game.
He followed it up with a 54-save performance in a double overtime loss to
Minnesota-Duluth a week later at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Ellis collegiate career record stands at 30-9-5, while posting a 1.90 goals against-average, a .931 save percentage and a total of five shutouts in 48 career NCAA games with Providence.
He was also a member of the Friars side which won the 2015 NCAA Championship at TD Gardens in Boston.
Prior to enrolling at Providence College, Ellis played for the Des Moines Buccaneers in the United States Hockey League, posting a 3.49 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 37 USHL games.
The Oilers currently sit 14th in the Western Conference, 29th overall, and look set for a summer of change after another disappointing campaign despite some major front office changes during the off season, which saw former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli join the organisation and Todd McLellan appointed head coach.
The Oilers finish their season in Vancouver on Saturday.