Tyler Ennis
Tyler Ennis
30-Year-Old Left WingLW
Ottawa Senators
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ennis has had a hard time living up to the promise of his 49-point rookie season. Now, at 29, he's counted on more for leadership than offense, but that could change in Ottawa. Suddenly, Ennis will be able to utilize his skills in the top six, and could help new coach D.J. Smith establish a new culture since he's so selfless and upbeat. That kind of attitude is worth far more than what he's being paid. There are better fantasy options than Ennis, but he could help you off the wire, especially if he can get back to the 20-goal plateau. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Senators in July of 2019.
Scores first point
LWOttawa Senators
October 18, 2019
Ennis tallied his first point in a Senators sweater Thursday, notching an assist in his team's 3-2 shootout loss to the Golden Knights.
Ennis has picked up more ice time than he did in Toronto by a wide margin, but he's still not the scorer he was in Buffalo. Maybe this will help him get going, but it looks like he won't be much help to fantasy owners this year.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Ennis' first season outside of Buffalo proved to be somewhat disappointing, as despite shaking the injury bug and playing in 73 games he only managed a paltry eight goals and 22 points while being stuck on a checking line. While he never showed elite offensive skills with the Sabres, Ennis' playmaking and quick shot make him a solid complementary scoring option when he's entrusted with the role. Now in Toronto on a one-year “prove it” deal, the 28-year-old should at least enjoy better play from his center on a roster that boasts John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri up the middle. If he can land on a line with either of the first two, a rebound to the 40-point plateau or better is well within reach.
For the first time in his career, Ennis will not be wearing the Sabres’ blue and gold when the 2017-18 season starts. Plagued by injuries and concussions, Ennis has appeared in just 74 games over the past two seasons in Buffalo, scoring just 24 points. He was relegated to a bottom-six role last year, and he had difficulty adjusting after serving as a top-six winger for the first five seasons of his career. Although Ennis will get a fresh start in Minnesota under an offense-first coach in Bruce Boudreau who may be able to get the slick playmaking winger’s career back on track, he faces a lot of competition for a top-six role. It's most likely that the 27-year-old endures another season of lackluster production
Ennis appeared in just 23 games over the course of an injury-riddled 2015-16 campaign. Looking to post his third straight 20-goal season and defend his title as the team’s leading scorer, especially after displaying promising chemistry with Jack Eichel, Ennis instead had a season to forget. He scored just three goals and 11 points, and his absence paved the way for others to leapfrog him on the depth chart. At 26 years old, Ennis should be entering his prime, but his recent injury history raises questions. If he can stay healthy, he provides the Sabres with a crafty playmaker who can help the team’s shooters and power forwards score goals, and he has the versatility to move around the lineup, but fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see approach.
This could be Ennis’ year to finally break out. He’s been the Sabres’ most dynamic offensive player since he arrived in the NHL, and he’s quietly scored goals, put up points, and actually driven possession, even on such a bad team. Now, he has a new center by the name of Ryan O’Reilly. O’Reilly is good in his own zone and will take some of the pressure off Ennis to let him to be more creative in the offensive zone. The two actually played together for Canada in the 2015 World Championships and displayed strong chemistry. As such, we’re expecting a jump in Ennis' output, including the potential for new career marks in goals and points. And he may be able to do it without time on the first power-play unit. He’s a smart under-the-radar player and fantasy pick.
The former Calder Trophy winner wrapped up arguably his worst season as a pro in 2013-14, producing 22 points in 62 games to accompany an atrocious minus-26 rating. Myers’ 6-foot-8 frame has always made him a valuable asset, but he has largely failed to live up to expectations since his rookie season. The Sabres have elected to be patient with the 24-year-old, but Myers’ name has been a staple in the rumor mill since last year. With a new crop of young defensemen coming up the pipeline, Myers’ days with the Sabres could be numbered if his play doesn’t improve. For now, he’ll continue to serve as one of Buffalo’s top defensemen, but that could change on short notice. The Sabres added a few veteran defensemen to lessen the pressure on Myers, which could unlock his potential.
Despite not getting the coveted role alongside Thomas Vanek last season (that went primarily to Cody Hodgson), Ennis still managed to post 31 points in 47 games. Those who draft him should continue to expect wild swings in production, so he can be a nice spot start in daily leagues when he’s hot. If regular line mate Drew Stafford is able to have a rebound year, Ennis should be a beneficiary, but in any case he’s likely to reach the 50-point mark for the first time in his career. The Sabres could struggle this season, so don’t expect Ennis to greatly improve on the minus-14 rating he posted last season, which should drive his value down in certain leagues.
Ennis' early-season injury troubles gave way to a torrid second half, in which he posted 29 points in 33 games following the All-Star break. The departure of Derek Roy means Ennis will have ample opportunity to take the reins down the middle, and will have some of Buffalo's top scorers on his wings. A crafty playmaker with a goal-scoring touch, look for Ennis to easily eclipse the 49 points he posted in his rookie campaign as he blossoms into a star in Buffalo.
Ennis had a 2010-11 that exceeded many expectations. The pint-sized wingers was one point shy of a 50-point season (20 G, 29 A) and big things are expected of Ennis entering 2011-12. A bump up to 25 goals and 35 assists is more than a reasonable expectation for Ennis, who will only be 22 when the season starts in October.
Ennis burst onto the scene in April and May of 2010, grabbing 13 points (4 G, 9 A) in the first 16 games of his NHL career, including six playoff games where he scored a goal and notched three assists. The under-sized center also hit the ground running with Portland of the AHL, winning the Rookie of the Year award with 65 points (23 G, 42 A) in 69 games. He should make the Buffalo roster for opening night, barring a bad training camp, and fill the void left by Tim Kennedy's departure. Ennis is definitely worth taking a late flier on, especially in deeper leagues.
This year Ennis signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Sabres. He is a quick skilled forward, but at just 5-9, he could use some time in the AHL to adjust to the higher level of physicality.
Ennis is a speedy, fearless, undersized center that Buffalo selected in the first round of the 2008 draft. He needs more seasoning and should spend 2008-09 in juniors.
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Joining Ottawa
LWOttawa Senators
July 1, 2019
Ennis signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Senators on Monday.
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Seems set to play in Game 3
LWToronto Maple Leafs
April 15, 2019
Ennis will likely draw into the Maple Leafs' lineup Monday for Game 3 with Nazem Kadri facing suspension, reports TSN.ca.
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Collects first career hat trick
LWToronto Maple Leafs
March 4, 2019
Ennis scored half of Toronto's goals in a 6-2 win over the Flames on Monday.
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Back at it Saturday
LWToronto Maple Leafs
February 16, 2019
Ennis (ankle) will return to action against the Coyotes on Saturday, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
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Removed from IR, still might sit
LWToronto Maple Leafs
February 9, 2019
Ennis (ankle) has been activated from injured reserve ahead of Saturday's game against the Canadiens -- per Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock -- Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports. However, there's no guarantee that he plays in this one.
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