Tyler Ennis is not only making a name for himself in the NHL, but he’s also making jokes too.
Can’t you tell I’m huge now?
Thats all the young Sabres forward had to say when asked about his weight gain this past summer. He still checks it a smallish 5 feet 9 inches, and just under two hundred pounds. But he is willing to carry more on his shoulders than his frame suggests.
A top six forward position perhaps? The small center doesn’t have too much competition in the lines of of the top three centers on this team, as far as the fans are concerned. Up against Ennis in the center faceoff circle are Derek Roy, Tim Connolly, Paul Gaustad, and Rob Niedermayer. Gaustad is a stantion on the third or fourth line, while the aging Niedermayer may not be able to pull the ice time necessary for a top six forward. Roy and Connolly are on short leashes as far as the fan base is concerned after a horrible effort in last years playoffs; a playoff that saw Tyler Ennis standout with 3 assists and a goal, and more heart than most of the top six forwards at the time.
Ennis could also play the left wing, thats where he is listed on the Sabres depth chart according to CBS Sports. In his way there are Sabres veterans Vanek and Hecht, as well as other newcomers to the scene such as Gerbe and McCormick. Vanek and Hecht are going no where, and McCormick should take over the role of Adam Mair on the fourth line.
The possibilities are there for Ennis, and he has the heart to make it happen.