Sabres name Matt Ellis director of player development

Ellis has spent the last four seasons working for the Academy of Hockey in LECOM Harborcenter

Buffalo Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams continues to construct his front office staff this offseason with the addition of Matt Ellis as the new director of player development for the organization.

The former Sabres and Rochester Americans captain started working for the Academy of Hockey in LECOM Harborcenter four seasons ago serving as a development coach. Just last year, Ellis was named as the director of the program, where he oversaw the operations and direction of the program.

The 39-year-old also served as the head of coaching for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres program since April of 2018, where he coached several teams ranging from the 9U to 13U levels.

Ellis played nine seasons in the NHL with the Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings, appearing in 356 games with 21 career goals and 28 assists for 49 points. In parts of seven seasons with the Sabres, Ellis amassed a total of 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points in 286 games between 2008 and 2015.

“The traits that made Matt a successful NHL player are the same ones that have made him successful in player development in the years since," said Adams in a team statement.

"It’s evident through his thorough planning and execution that Matt is passionate about developing young talent and our players will benefit from his approach to the game.”