Eddie Ellis is a big, powerful, imposing forward who has spent the last four years under the tutelage of Coach Dean Boylan at Phillips Andover. The six-foot-one-inch Burlington, Mass. native is committed to Harvard for the fall of 2014.
Ellis will skate for Sean Tremblay's Middlesex Islanders this upcoming season and is viewed as a dynamic, multi-dimensional talent. "He's a big power forward with a good skill set. He does a good job of getting the puck to the net," said Boylan.
Ellis' imposing size and physical strength helped win many battles along the boards in high school. Boylan believes that will translate to the next level and possibly beyond. "He really handles himself well on the boards. He doesn't get out muscled by anyone," said the coach, himself a former player at Yale.
Boylan raves about the complete player with leadership capabilities he sees in Ellis. "He's good in his own end, too. He was a two-year captain for us and served as an assistant captain his sophomore season," said Boylan.
Phillips Andover struggled as a team this year, finishing one game under .500, but Boylan said the squad got better as the year went along and ultimately fell short with eight one-goal losses. Ellis did his part, scoring 19 goals and adding 24 helpers in 26 games.
The left wing was ranked 120th among North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting Service in the Mid-term rankings, but fell off the board in the final rankings. That isn't to say one of the teams won't take a flyer on the Harvard-bound forward.
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