The Flyers have reportedly pulled off a deal just before the NHL’s roster freeze, acquiring defenseman Ryan Ellis from the Predators for Nolan Patrick and Philippe Myers.
As part of the deal, Patrick heads to Vegas to join the Golden Knights.
Ellis, after spending all 10 of his NHL seasons in Nashville, comes to Philadelphia after playing in 35 games last season, scoring five goals and adding 13 assists while blocking 63 shots. Those numbers are noticeably down from his typical production, but he played in fewer games due to an upper body injury, and his Corsi For Percentage (51 percent) was still around his career average, and he comes with a proven track record of being an impact two-way defenseman.
Patrick, a former second overall pick for the Flyers, never panned out in Philadelphia, struggling to stay healthy in recent years, and scored just four goals in 52 games last season. The 22-year-old will look to get back to his 19 and 20-year-old self, when he posted back-to-back 30-point campaigns in his first two seasons in the league.