Based on the lines at the morning skate, Ennis will play alongside Jack Eichel and Marcus Foligno against the Ducks on Thursday, the Olean Times Herald reports.
The Sabres won their previous game in overtime against San Jose, but it was a costly one as the injury bug has hit the team again. Zemgus Girgensons (mid body) and William Carrier (knee) have already been ruled out and Evander Kane (hand) is a game-time decision, which means the Sabres were forced to call up Derek Grant, Evan Rodrigues and Justin Bailey from AHL Rochester. That has bumped Ennis up the depth chart to the second line, giving him a better chance to extend his four-game point streak. Ennis has been deployed sparingly since returning from injury by head coach Dan Bylsma, but this promotion gives him an opportunity to play more minutes and perhaps boost his production. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Ennis in deeper leagues to see if he can nail down the top-six role, especially if Girgensons and Carrier's injuries are long-term.
Ennis scored a third-period goal on his only shot during Monday's loss to New Jersey.
Ennis has been limited to just 44 games over the past two seasons and has posted only six goals and 17 points. He's also been deployed in a fourth-line role of late, which doesn't help his fantasy prospects going forward. However, the 27-year-old winger does have a three-game point streak going with a goal and two assists.
Ennis missed 30 games due to a groin injury and scored a goal in his first shift upon returning against Dallas, but he sat out against Toronto the following night. Head coach Dan Bylsma made Ennis a healthy scratch despite the productive outing for precautionary measures, and the
Ennis just recently returned from a groin injury that cost him 30 games, so it appears the
Ennis has been out of the lineup since Nov. 7, missing 30 games over that stretch. Coach Dan Bylsma has not revealed who will get bumped from the depth chart with the winger ready to go, but Nicolas Deslauriers seems the most likely candidate. When healthy this year, Ennis managed just two points in 12 outings and was a concerning minus-6. Considering he has played in just 35 games over the past two seasons, fantasy owners may want to hold off on picking up the 27-year-old given his injury woes.