Tyler Ennis: 2009-2010 Report Card

It's time to put the finishing touches on the 2009-2010 season for the Buffalo Sabres. Here is a complete report card of every single player that played any amount of time with the Sabres this season. The journey will begin with Chris Butler and conclude in almost a month with Thomas Vanek. Thanks to Japers Rink and Mile High Hockey for the inspiration.

It's Tyler Ennis' turn.


Tyler Ennis

#63 / Center / Buffalo Sabres

5-9

163

Oct 06, 1989

Contract Situation: $77,000 cap hit in 2010; second year of entry level deal kicks in during 2011

2009 Grade: None



2010 Statistics
GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT

NHL Regular Season

NHL Playoffs

AHL Regular Season

10

6

69

3

1

23

6

3

42

9

4

65

1

1

-1

6

0

12

0

0

9

0

0

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

23

20

184

13.0

5.0

12.5



Introduction: The Buffalo Sabres are a tightly-knit group because many of the players were trained by the club's AHL affiliate, which prepared them systematically and mentally. Tyler Ennis is a newer model for this approach and, from what he's shown instantly already, has the right to believe that the next training camp will be his final obstacle to NHL permanency. General manager Darcy Regier made it a point to assure the public that his spot won't come free of charge. We're drooling at the prospect of a full campaign featuring Ennis.

Key Stat: Ennis co-led the Sabres in postseason scoring, four points, with Jason Pominville, becoming one of the more dangerous forwards with the puck.

Stimulating Stat: With his nine points in ten regular season games, Ennis was on pace for 73-74 points in an 82-game schedule.

Famous For: Although his playoff goal was an empty netter, it was a hard-working play that deserved two goals for the maximum exertion he showed.

Thumbs Up: Selected as the AHL's best rookie for 2010, Ennis' monstrous year for the Portland Pirates shouldn't have come as a surprise. In a piece I wrote last month, his abilities were highlighted, and teammate Joe DiPenta thinks the world of this kid. From scoring a goal in his first NHL match to tearing defensive corps to shred, the 20-year-old was so composed, you wouldn't know that he was a fresh-faced rookie. The quality of teammates he paired up with were the best, as was his quality of competition. In terms of goals for per 60 minutes while he was on the ice, Ennis was by far the top gunner. With the way he can out-skate players and move around fluently, his amount of penalties drawn during his ice time is the fourth-best. Finally, he had the top number of goals and points for every 60 minutes he competed in; just an extra clear-cut symbol of Ennis' talents.

Thumbs Down: Goals against per 60 minutes, Ennis' number was the worst at an awful 4.51, the exact same number as his goals for strangely. He must buckle down on his face-off duties because he won just 41.9 per cent of the draws he participated in for the regular season. In Game 2, he made a bad turnover by trying to feed Tim Connolly who was trailing the play and it missed his stick. As a result, the Bruins scored on a 4-on-2 rush which tied the match at three in the third period. From there, they added two more for a 5-3 win - a major turning point in the series.

Voting: On a scale of one to ten, one being the lowest and ten being the highest, grade Tyler Ennis on his season according to the expectations you had for him. If he met them, give him a five or a six. If he eclipsed them, aim for a seven or beyond. If he failed to meet them, give him a lower number relating to how poorly he missed the target.

Topics Of Discussion: How many goals, assists and points could you picture Ennis attaining in a full season? Will he be in the Calder Trophy hunt? Should his position on the roster be almost automatic?

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