The Winnipeg Jets announced early on Friday that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Keaton Ellerby for the upcoming 2014-15 NHL season. Ellerby, 25, entered the offseason as an unrestricted free agent after Winnipeg initially did not send him a qualifying offer; however, he has now signed to a one-year, 2-way contract for $700,000 to remain with the Jets.
After being drafted 10th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Ellerby spent two seasons with the Rochester Americans, where he recorded 47 points (11 goals and 36 assists) and 86 penalty minutes in 150 AHL games. In his NHL career, Ellerby has played in 211 games for Florida, Los Angeles, and Winnipeg, and he has registered a total of 26 points (4 goals and 22 assists) and 88 penalty minutes on NHL ice. He played in 51 games with Winnipeg last season and tallied two goals, four assists, and two penalty minutes.
The Jets are looking to bounce back from a 37-35-10 record in the 2013-14 NHL season. They will begin preseason play on September 22, at home against the Minnesota Wild.