Ennis now has just one assist and a minus-4 rating through the first four games of the season. With Jack Eichel (ankle) and Evander Kane (ribs) out with long-term injuries, Ennis was expected to pick up the offensive slack, but so far he's been worryingly ineffective. He played just 10:39 against Calgary on Tuesday and 13:05 against Vancouver, after playing a season-high 17:37 in the season opener. Plagued with concussions last year, big things were expected from Ennis, who is the longest-tenured Sabre on the roster. Fantasy owners should leave Ennis on the waiver wire until he shows more signs of life, as even Matt Moulson is a better fantasy option right now.
This will be the first time Ennis has taken part in game action since December after a concussion forced him to miss much of the 2015-16 season. He skated on the left wing with Zemgus Girgensons at center and Kyle Okposo on the right wing, two physical players who should be able to create space for Ennis to generate offense. Ennis is 100 percent healthy after playing just 23 games last year and has reportedly packed on some muscle during the off-season. If Ennis can return to form, he brings an added element of speed and creativity to a mediocre Buffalo offense. It's not certain who Ennis will play with once the season begins, but the slick winger is worth a late-round flyer in deep fantasy leagues.
Ennis, who hasn't played since Dec. 30 due to a concussion, says he "feels really good" and is ready to begin the season, WGR 550 reports.
Ennis spent the summer training hard in Edmonton and is looking forward to a "fresh start." He appeared in just 23 games during the 2015-16 season after notching back-to-back 20-goal seasons, admitting that his injury-riddled campaign was frustrating and is looking forward to re-establishing himself in the Sabres' top two lines. There has been no indication of where the Sabres will slot Ennis, but it's noted that he showed good chemistry with center Zemgus Girgensons, who's penciled in as the third-line center. The slick winger can play both left or right wing, giving head coach Dan Bylsma plenty of flexibility. When healthy, Ennis is a staple on the Sabres' top power play unit, and at age 27 is still in the midst of his prime. A 50-point projection for Ennis isn't a reach, and he could provide excellent value in the late rounds for fantasy owners.
Ennis, who played just 23 games during the 2015-16 season due to concussions, should be healthy for the start of the season, the Edmonton Journal reports.
Ennis says he's feeling "better than 100 percent", and that it's possible he starts on the second line with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. Though the line seems undersized, it's also blessed with incredible speed, skill and smarts. Eichel and Ennis have shown good chemistry in the past. Ennis was rumored to be on the trading block over the summer, but the two concussions he suffered last year scared off some teams. The 26-year-old and three-time 20-goal scorer is looking to get his career back on track. He could provide very good value in deep drafts as a player who has fallen off the map a little.
This effectively rules Ennis out for the season. He hasn't played since Dec. 30 and will finish with 11 points in just 23 games played, a disappointing season for the