2014-15: Set a career high in goals (9) and tied a personal best in points (27) despite missing 24 games due to injury… Set a career high in penalty minutes (27), and tied a career best in power-play goals (2)… Averaged 18:53 of ice time, nearly three minutes more than his previous career high (16:04, 2013-14)… Scored six of his nine goals on home ice… Played in his 200th career NHL game on April 7 at Colorado… Recorded the first three-point game of his career (1g-2a) and first career game-deciding shootout tally on Oct. 21 vs. Arizona. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of the club's Western Conference Quarterfinal contests vs. Chicago, tying for third on the team in assists and for first in plus/minus rating (+4)... Tied for third on the team in average ice time (26:24), 7:29 more than he averaged in the regular season.
2013-14: Ranked second on the team in games played (80) and plus/minus rating (+9) while ranking third among club blueliners in points (6g-21a-27pts)… Ranked fourth on the Predators in blocked shots (97)… One of four NHL defenseman to score multiple shootout markers (2-for-4, 50 percent)… Set a career high with points in the final three games of the season (2g-2a), and was a +8 in five April games… Played in his 100th career NHL game on March 6 vs. St. Louis… Played in his first World Championship, leading all Canadian defensemen in points (1g-4a-5pts) and tying for fifth in the tournament in plus/minus rating (+8).
2012-13: Appeared in Nashville's first 31 games of the regular season, before being assigned to Milwaukee on March 22. Played one more NHL game – on April 4 vs. Columbus – logging a career high 20:11 and putting a personal best four shots on goal… Three (2g-1a) of his six points in 2012-13 came with the man advantage… Posted 14 points (5g-9a) in 32 games with Milwaukee from October-January, and after his March reassignment.
2011-12: Began the season with Milwaukee (AHL), before being recalled to Nashville on Dec. 26. Spent the remainder of the campaign at the NHL level with the exception of a three-game stint with the Admirals from Feb. 24-27… One of only three NHL rookie defensemen to post multiple power-play (2) and game-winning goals (2)… Tied for seventh among rookie blueliners in plus/minus rating (+5)… The Predators went 22-8-2 with him in the lineup… Named to the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, but did not participate due to his recall… At the time of his recall (Dec. 26), he was tied for ninth among AHL defensemen, and tied for first among rookie blueliners, in points (4g-13a-17pts, 26gp). PLAYOFFS: Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Detroit.
AMATEUR: The third defenseman in Ontario Hockey League history to record 300 career points (73g-241a-314pts, +145, 207 PIMs, 226 gp), joining Rick Corriveau (329) and Denis Potvin (330)... Finished junior career ranked second all-time in Windsor Spitfires scoring behind Bill Bowler (467)... Named 2011 Canadian Hockey League Player and Defenseman of the Year… Won the 2011 Red Tilson Trophy awarded to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year, the 2011 Max Kaminsky Trophy for the second time in three years as the League’s Most Outstanding Defenseman of the Year and the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy for leadership on and off the ice... The third player to win the Kaminsky Award twice (Denis Potvin, Bryan Berard)... The fourth defenseman in the 67-year history of the Red Tilson Trophy to win the award... Named an OHL First Team All-Star for the second time in three seasons in 2010-11... Named Best Offensive Defenseman for the third straight year in the 2011 Western Conference Coaches Poll. Also finished first in voting in the Smartest Player and Hardest Shot categories, and third in the Top Penalty Killer category... Became the first OHL defenseman in 17 years to post more than 100 points in a season (24g-77a) in 2010-11... Led the OHL in points per game (1.74) and finished tied for fourth in overall points in 2010-11... Captained Team OHL in the 2010 Subway Super Series in November 2010… Tied for fourth in 2011 OHL Playoff assists, while leading all defensemen and tying for seventh overall in points (6g-13a-19pts)… Became the seventh player to represent Canada at three straight World Junior Championships in 2011, earning a silver medal for the second straight tournament while serving as team captain… The fourth Canadian ever to win three medals at the WJC, and with 25 points (5g-20a) in three tournaments, became the all-time leading defensive scorer in the history of the event… Named Best Defenseman, a tournament All-Star and one of Canada's three best players at the 2011 World Juniors… Led all 2011 tournament defensemen in points (10), tied for first in goals, and ranked second in assists (7)… Also ranked fourth among all skaters in points and tied for third in assists at the 2011 WJC… Won the Memorial Cup with the Windsor Spitfires for the second consecutive season in 2009-10… Tied for the 2010 Memorial Cup lead in assists (5), and ranked second among tournament defensemen in points (5a)… Named a 2010 Second-Team OHL All-Star… Voted the 2010 OHL Western Conference’s Best Offensive Defenseman and player with the best shot, in addition to finishing second in voting in the Smartest Player and Hardest Shot categories in the annual coaches’ poll… Served as captain for the Western Conference at the 2010 OHL All-Star Classic and for Team OHL in the 2009 Subway Super Series… Helped Windsor win the 2010 Robertson Cup as OHL Champions for the second consecutive season, posting points in 16-of-19 OHL playoff games to tie for second among all skaters, and rank first among defensemen in points (3g-30a-33pts)… Earned a silver medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships … Tied for fourth in the 2010 WJC in assists (7), and finished second in defenseman scoring (8)… Helped Windsor win the 2009 Memorial Cup and OHL title… Named to the 2009 Memorial Cup All-Star Team… Led all defensemen and ranked fourth overall in OHL playoff scoring (31) and led all skaters in assists (23)… Won the 2009 Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s most outstanding defenseman… Voted the 2009 OHL Western Conference’s Smartest Player, Best Offensive Defenseman and player with the hardest shot in the annual coaches’ poll... Led all OHL defensemen in points (89), goals (22) and assists (67) in 2008-09… Ranked seventh among all OHL skaters in points, led the league in assists, and ranked second in plus/minus rating (+52) in 2008-09… Participated in the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic and the 2008 ADT Canada/Russia Challenge… Posted an assist and a game-best +3 rating at the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game… Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championships, posting seven points (1g-6a) in six games… Named to the 2008 OHL All-Rookie Team after tying for third among OHL blueliners, and ranking fourth among all rookies in points (15g-48a-63pts) and second among first-year players in assists in 2007-08… 2008 Bobby Smith Award winner as the OHL’s scholastic player of the year… Won gold medals with Canada at both the 2008 U-18 World Championships and the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament… Was a tournament all-star and claimed gold at the 2008 World U-17 Hockey Challenge with Team Ontario.
BACKGROUND: Nickname: “Ellie”… Favorites include Gladiator (movie), BrickTops (Nashville restaurant), University of Oregon’s black football jerseys (favorite non-hockey uniform) and Sophia Vergara (actress)… Of any venue, he’d most like to play a game at Wembley Stadium… Says cookies are his guilty pleasure and would consider a lion to be his spirit animal… Has two Labradors: Molly and Max.
TRANSACTIONS: June 26, 2009 – Nashville's first choice, 11th overall (first round), in the 2009 Entry Draft.