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Nashville Predators prospect Ryan Ellis named OHL Defenseman of the Year

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Remember, Preds fans, the future looks pretty bright, too. Celebrated prospect Ryan Ellis has won the OHL's Max Kaminsky Award, which goes to the league's most outstanding defenseman. In 2009-10, it went to Jacob Muzzin of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, but Ellis won the award previously in 2008-9. From the OHL's press release:

Ellis led all defencemen in scoring and finished tied for fourth overall in the OHL with 101 points in 58 games scoring 24 goals and 77 assists.  He became the first defenceman to score 100 points in a season since Jamie Rivers of the Sudbury Wolves recorded 121 points in his award-winning 1993-94 campaign.  A three-time finalist, Ellis won the award for the first time in his sophomore 2008-09 season and becomes just the third defenceman in OHL history to win the award twice following Denis Potvin (Ottawa 1972 and 73), and Bryan Berard (Detroit 1995 and 96).

"It's very exciting for me to win this award for the second time," said Ellis.  "I'd like to thank all those who voted for me and to be named the OHL's Top Defenceman with so many worthy candidates within our league is an honour and something that means a great deal to me personally."