Originally Posted by The Comish
There is a reason they got rid of Derek Roy...this kid can play. I see 70 point potential as soon as this year (pro-rated now...)
Hmm, I'd probably disagree that they got rid of Derek Roy because they see big things in Ennis. I think getting rid of Roy was simply because he was too small to cut it as a C1 with their already undersized forwards. Everytime I watched Buffalo I heard about how small they were with Roy-Ennis-Gerbe. You could use smaller/faster players on the wings (such as MSL in TB), if the line has some grit, but you just can't be too small at center AND wings. It doesn't work.
Anyways, I think moving Roy was more of a straight-up move for Steve Ott, who I think will be utilized a lot.
Ennis only won 52/145 faceoffs and he's way too small to push anybody out of a net-front presence. He'll be lining up as a top 2 line winger... but there's no way I see him taking a center spot.
My forecasted lines:
See... I think that line 1 was too small with Roy... it's a bit better with Hodgson there. And a line 2 is too weak in general, but if you stick Ott there it's more balanced.
Anyways, I think Ennis would have been a top 2 line player this year regardless, just saying I don't think it has anything to do with Roy being dealt.
Trivia for the Comish: Who is the smallest center to effectively play well in the NHL over the last 25 years?
(I don't know the answer... I'm just sort of wondering, I can't think of any bonafide small center, I'm talking Ennis-small, that actually cut it in the NHL as a 70+pt player. The only way I see Ennis able to get 70+pts is as a winger.)