Fresh off a hard fought Memorial Cup win with the Shawinigan Cataractes, Montreal Canadiens rearguard prospect Morgan Ellis is now eyeing a spot with the club this fall.
In an interview last week, Ellis—one of the Habs’ top blue line prospects—talked about the excitement of turning pro and wanting to make the jump to the NHL as soon as possible.
“”I’ll just give my best and we’ll see what happens. I’m having a great summer of training, but it won’t be easy. A lot of people are joining the team at the same time as me.”
Ellis started last season as a member of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles where he put up 7 goals and 25 points in 34 games. He was then traded mid-season to Shawinigan where he buried 8 goals and 27 points in just 26 games.
This is coming from a kid who has repeatedly claimed that offense is not his game.
“I get the puck and I try to shoot it. I’ve had some shots that have gone in off someone… I’ve been playing with good players and they score on rebounds, but there’s also a little bit of luck involved.”
Ellis will likely start the season a member of the Habs’ AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, but should an injury occur on the big club, he has shown that he would make a pretty solid call up.
Over the course of his junior career, Ellis has only played in one league: the QMJHL. This season he’ll be joining a new one and if it happens to be the AHL for the time being, he’s more than OK with that.
“If [I don't make the team right away], I would love to grow with the Hamilton Bulldogs.”