Sabres select Tyler Ennis at #26

Already nabbing the tallest Tyler in the draft in Myers, the Sabres opted for another Tyler (Ennis) - this one nearly a foot shorter than his WHL counterpart. Tyler Ennis is an absolute sparkplug on the ice. Instant, explosive offense is on tap every time the puck hits his stick. Coming from the same Medicine Hat program that developed fellow Sabre Clarke MacArthur, Ennis led the Tigers with 43 goals and 48 assists in 70 games this past season. (MacArthur's best season in the WHL produced 75 points.) At 5'8, it's no surprise that the Edmonton native has modeled his game after former Buffalo favorite, Daniel Briere. The popular opinion is that his drive and passion for the game will allow him to beat the odds much like Briere, who himself was a gifted scorer in juniors and lasted all the way to pick #24 back in 1996. From the NHL Draft site:
NHL Director of Central Scouting, E.J. McGuire Strengths: "Tyler is a quick, 'water-bug'-type player. He scoots up and down the ice and can turn on a dime. He can drive wide on a defenseman who is unaware or a little slow. Tyler may be one of the best pure offensive players in the entire draft." Outlook: "Getting bigger is not something within his control, he's done everything as far as his quickness and offensive development and now I think that it is just ready for him to show it at the next level." Medicine Hat GM and head coach Willie Desjardins "He's so, so fast. I think he's one of the toughest guys in the league to handle. He wants to score so bad on every shift and Tyler's quickness down low in the corner is why he's so hard to handle."
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Anonymous
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Friday, June 20, 2008 ×

I was realy surprised when I watched the video. Ennis is a pick I really like.



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Kris Baker
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Friday, June 20, 2008 ×

I have zero reservations about Ennis succeeding at the NHL level. He's very confident in his speed. Couple that with extreme desire and excellent stick skills, and you have a dangerous weapon to play #2 LW beneath Vanek in two seasons.

Riverside is going to love this kid.

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gaf
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Saturday, June 21, 2008 ×

Really like this kid, and there are obvious name calling sarcasm that can be twisted by messing w/his last name.. My fear is that we have roy, gerbe, byron, and ennis all in the line up at the same time.. Doesnt seem too far fetched to me, but man, are any of those guys over 5' 8".? 4 small guys in a line up just doesnt seem capable of defending itself.. I dont know, maybe I am overreacting, but the sabres need to keep this in mind when they fill out the roster w/ guys who have 0 impact physically.. just sayin

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Ruckus007
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Saturday, June 21, 2008 ×

Didn't get a chance to follow the draft yesterday so I'm just finding out the picks this morning.

I've got a lot of usual reservations about Myers but I'm thrilled with the idea of that pick. Ennis I'm very, very happy with that selection. This is the kind of round they had to have.

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