Tyler Ennis: 2010-2011 Report Card

It's time to put the finishing touches on the 2010-2011 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 Luke Adam and conclude in a month with Mike Weber. Thanks to Japers Rink and Mile High Hockey for the inspiration.

Step right up Tyler Ennis.


Tyler Ennis

#63 / Center / Buffalo Sabres

5-9

157

Oct 06, 1989

Contract Situation: An equal salary and cap hit of $875,000. Entering decisive hurdle of entry level deal.

2010 Grade: A



2011 Statistics GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT

Regular Season

Postseason

82

7

20

2

29

2

49

4

0

4

30

4

5

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

210

17

9.5

11.8


Lowdown: Can't win them all. That goes for games and Calder Trophies, as this Tyler was not chosen as a finalist for rookie of the year. Jeff Skinner, Logan Couture, and Michael Grabner are the three rightful nominations, but Ennis was just slightly out of the conversation as the highest scorer behind those forwards. Dating back to 1994 when Derek Plante became Buffalo's standout freshman, nobody else has surmounted Ennis' first-year point total in 17 years – not even Thomas Vanek. Purely skilled with unending quickness of foot, the 21-year-old asserted himself tremendously and proved to be worth his weight in gold.

Key Stat: Slippery as a fish, Ennis avoided all injuries and dressed in every single contest; the only player to do so. Records indicate that he's stayed healthy where ever he's played, which is the American Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. Our assumption is that Ennis scoffs when people discuss their reliance on health insurance because he keeps himself in tip-top shape year round.

Did You Know? Ennis stripped an opponent of the puck more than the rest of the team's individuals and nearly doubled the amount of takeaways he forced in comparison to giveaways. Noted penalty-killer Jason Pominville was second with 43, as was Thomas Vanek. Already, Ennis is showing he is more than an offensive spark-plug and Lindy Ruff approves of a two-way acumen from his forwards. The Edmonton native will reap the benefits of this skill for many seasons, as it will keep him in the staff's trust when he embarks on a rough patch.

Moment Of Fame: Care to venture a guess? Don't bother, we've got you covered with a few subtle clues: Game Five, playoffs, overtime. Prior to the puck's dropping, Ennis shared his thoughts on why he hadn't scored and felt the bounces were on the horizon for his sake. Rookies say the darndest things don't they? Maybe not. On that night, he must have covered more ice than than all of the players and zamboni drivers, as he would not be quieted. Those two goals weren't pretty, but they were special because of how ever so close the Buffalo Sabres were to conquest from them.

Moment Of Shame: Unknowingly delivered a goal-line clearance in Colorado that stopped Luke Adam from scoring a potential game-winning goal. To cap off the horrid night, Ennis received a penalty in overtime and the Avalanche made him pay further. Mired in a five-game slump, Murphy's Law unveiled its powers on the left winger on that cold January night.

Thumbs Up: Potted his 20th goal in the season's concluding contest as one of three players to deliver 200 or more shots. Shootouts were a match made in heaven for his bundle of tricks, as Ennis received a 75% conversion mark and scored two deciding goals. Storms past defenders and often sets up the powerplay with his immediate zone entries that buy everyone a few seconds to settle in. Can put up with the coach's altered line combinations, as he finds chemistry with others without trouble. Didn't take his foot off the pedal in the postseason, as he threw everything at the Philadelphia Flyers and displayed his mettle. Pointless from Game One to Three, but it certainly wasn't from a lack of trying. Has much to be proud of in a phenomenal first professional campaign.

Thumbs Down: Blew 67 shots by missing the target and doesn't block enough shots to assist the goaltender. Isn't petrified of the corners, but could stand to cancel out his opponents with body checks more regularly. An even plus-minus rating will likely increase in his latter seasons, as he's hopeful of. Must strengthen his body further because if he's immobile, the opponents see an easier chance to knock him off the puck than when he is in motion.

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: What are your thoughts on Tyler Ennis and his upcoming sophomore season? Is he a better distributor or finisher in your opinion? Besides his size, is there a weakness in his overall game?

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