After being scratched from the Florida Panthers game against the Philadelphia Flyers last night, news has surfaced stating that Panther defenseman Keaton Ellerby has been traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick.
It seems this was done to make room for Erik Gudbranson, who returned from injury for last nights game, but that can’t be the only reason. Granted, Ellerby didn’t put up eye-popping numbers either, so that could have played a role in this trade.
Drafted 10th overall by the Panthers in the 2007 NHL draft, Ellerby spent much of his first seven seasons in either the WHL or AHL with then Panther affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Once he broke into the big leagues he did decent but not wonderful, tallying just two goals and 15 assists in 125 games played. He also accrued 70 penalty minutes, though some were worthwhile, like when he stuck up for captain and teammate Ed Jovanovski by dropping the gloves with Tampa Bay Lightning tough guy B.J. Crombeen last week.
This season, his third with the Panthers, Ellerby has no points and minus-3 rating in nine games thus far. He has 36 penalty minutes as well, though nine of those came from his fight with Crombeen.
Meanwhile, the Kings trade away their draft pick just days after acquiring it from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Andrei Loktionov. This seems interesting, as they did have little trouble winning the Stanley Cup last season.
Ellerby should join the Kings for practice tomorrow in Nashville, before they travel to take on the Detroit Red Wings Sunday.