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Ennis enjoys his new line

Tyler Ennis is enjoying his time playing on a line with Ryan O'Reilly and Jack Eichel

Paul Hamilton
March 19, 2017 - 12:59 pm

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Tyler Ennis had spent the better part of 16 games on the Sabres fourth line. He hasn’t scored a goal in 15 games, but in Anaheim, he found himself on a line with Jack Eichel and Ryan O’Reilly. The Sabres winger is happy with this development, “Oh definitely. When you see you’re playing with Jack and Ryan, it gives you a little excitement.”

“They’re easy to play with, fun to play with, so we did a good job.”

O’Reilly moved to wing for the Ducks game, but Ennis doesn’t see that as a problem, “He’s a smart guy in any situation, so now he’s on wing and I thought he adapted really well.”

Ennis played 17:17 against the Ducks which is the most he’s played since game one against Montreal. On the season, he is averaging just over 12 minutes per game which is only better than Matt Moulson. Ennis said he felt more into the game playing more, “That was nice, it was fun. As a player you want to play a lot, so it was nice to play a lot of minutes and get into that grove of things again.”

Ennis only has four goals and five assists for nine points in 41 games. That would give him just eight goals over an 82 game schedule and of course, he’s frustrated, “It doesn’t get any more frustrating than that, it’s been a tough go, but there’s a lot worse things in life, you’ve got to work yourself out of any rut you’re in, you’ve got to work yourself out of any situation you’re in, so I can’t complain right now, I’m with Jack and Ryan and I’ve got to make the most of it.”

It has only been for one game, but in that game against the Ducks, Dan Bylsma saw improvement in Ennis’ game, “I saw some work, I saw some compete, I saw some tenacity on the puck and that’s what he needs to keep doing here with the time he gets. I saw that in the L.A. game as well in the third period when he got a couple of shifts with Jack.”

The Sabres only practiced on Sunday with four defensemen. Dmitry Kulikov is still week-to-week, while Cody Franson, Justin Falk and Taylor Fedun are day-to-day. All four will miss Monday in Detroit which means two defensemen will be called up.

The team practiced for about 45 minutes on Sunday in HarborCenter and then left for Detroit.

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