For most of this season, it's been difficult to praise anyone on the Buffalo Sabres' roster other than Ryan Miller.
That is, until recently when both Tyler Myers and Tyler Ennis have seemed to have found their games.
Myers has played very well after serving a three-game suspension for an elbowing incident against the New Jersey Devils. His play has remained physical, and he is starting to get more offensive production. He's starting to resemble the player he was when he won the Calder trophy in his rookie season, and his teammates are taking notice.
"He's unbelievable when he's firing it like that," Ennis said of Myers. "He's impossible to stop. He's so fast. For a guy that's six-foot-seven, he's very fluent on the ice. He's a great skater."
Myers scored two goals in last night's shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, one of which came with less than a minute to go in regulation to tie the game. He is certainly playing at the highest level he's played at all season.
Ennis on the other hand has been just as dangerous offensively. He has points in each of his last four games and it has been nearly impossible to take him off the puck in the opponent's zone lately.
With both Myers and Ennis playing at a consistently high level lately, Buffalo head coach Ted Nolan couldn't be happier.
"I don't know which one played better," Nolan said of Myers and Ennis after last night's game. "I think if you flip a coin, it'd probably land on its side. They both played a great game for us (Saturday)."
When the Sabres fired Ron Rolston in favor of Nolan, the feeling around the organization was that the players on the team were going to raise their compete level. Nolan spoke of that from his introduction to the media, and hasn't stopped, as it's really no secret as to how he wants his team to look on the ice. But Ennis is a hard working player that also has talent, which is a type of player Nolan hasn't had much of in his NHL coaching experience. He's enjoying the luxury.
"Almost from the first day I got here, he's been better and better and (Saturday) was probably one of his best games so far," Nolan said. "He had, I think, six or seven shots. He played a strong game for us."
After being offensively inept for most of the season, the Sabres have scored three goals in each of their last three games. They were unable to win any of them, but received points in two of those meetings. If Myers and Ennis can continue to chip in offensively, Buffalo's rebuild might be further along than most have thought.
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