Dan Ellis is a Canadian goalie on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Ellis was drafted by Dallas in 2000. Ellis played three years of college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he won 53 games over the course of his career. In 2004, Ellis won his first NHL start over the Los Angeles Kings. Ellis wouldn’t play in another game, until the 2007-08 season in Nashville. That season, he started 37 games, and won 23, while posting a 2.34 GAA. Behind his stellar play in net, the Predators turned their season around, and made the playoffs. Unfortunately, they were eliminated in six games in the first round by the Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings. In 2008, the Predators got another great goalie prospect in Pekka Rinne, and Ellis saw his starts drop. His play slipped as well, and he posted a 2.93 GAA with only 11 wins in 33 starts. He was a little better in 2009-10, but by then, Rinne had stolen the starting job, and it was clear Ellis would be moved in the offseason. His rights were traded to the Montreal Canadiens in the 2010 offseason, but he opted instead to sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he had a better chance of being the full time starter.