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Tyler Ennis Believes Future is Bright for Himself, Fellow Buffalo Sabres Teammates

April 23rd, 2014 at 8:13 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

Tyler Ennis scored a career high 21 goals last season, but he isn't allowing himself to become complacent.

'Tyler Ennis' photo (c) 2010, Keith & Alyssa - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

"My play got better as the season went on. I have to play the whole season like that though," said Ennis.

After starting the year on the wing, Ennis eventually became comfortable as the top-line center, reigniting previous chemistry with Drew Stafford.

"I need to be more consistent. I'm happy that I beat my prior career high of 20 goals," Ennis said. 'But I want to get 30. I want to get 40. You want to set high goals, so I'm going to set high goals for myself."

The Sabres suffered a variety of ailments throughout this difficult season. When you factor in injuries, trades, and other roster moves, the Sabres lost a total of 305 man-games due to injury. 

When the injuries became so bad that assistant captains Stafford and Henrik Tallinder were absent, Ennis was asked to wear a letter.

"It was very special. To be the assistant captain of any team is cool," said Ennis. "To grow up and make the National Hockey League is a dream come true and then to be an assistant captain and a leader is awesome."

Various trades and other roster moves left the Sabres without many viable NHL-quality players on most nights, evident of their league low 157 goals scored. The margin wasn't even close either. The next closest team(s) scored 196 goals (Florida and Vancouver).

"Just come in with the "compete" attitude every single game. We were limited some nights. We traded guys. We had injuries. But whatever team you have on the ice, you can still win," said Ennis.

The Sabres have a long way to go before they contend for The Stanley Cup. Tyler Ennis is relishing the opportunity to build a foundation for a future winning franchise. 

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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