Providence junior goalie Nick Ellis has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
Ellis had big skates to fill this year replacing national title winner Jon Gillies in goal and he was up to the task. Ellis posted a .936 save percentage and 1.80 goals against average and helped lead Providence to their first Hockey East regular season title.
We ranked Ellis as the 62nd-best NHL prospect in college hockey, and fifth-best available free agent:
Ellis spent the past two seasons waiting in the wings behind superstar goalie Jon Gillies at Providence. But this year, as the team's top goalie, he's been able to shine. Ellis brings a good mix of size and athleticism and has been very effective in net all season.
Ellis' two-year contract will begin next season.