Originally Posted by loco man
Do you think that his ppg over the last 30 ish games at center was more of a fluke or is he insulated with having two big wingers in Stafford and Foligno to play with? I thought that Ruff really like him at center and it seemed that he caught fire when he moved to C. Stafford/Foligno seemed to be a nice compliment to his undersized frame, no?
Ennis is too talented to play 3rd line. That much is clear.
Yes, that line was definitely on fire to end the year... specifically around mid-March.
I like Ennis (I'm 5'-9" myself), but he's one of those players that is skilled enough to dominate against lesser competition (WHL) or against softer teams. But against the grittier teams, he'll get bullied - and ultimately the coach has to make decisions for the team that are best for their overall playoff chances, not just against a majority of teams.
For that reason, I think we see Ennis as a top 2 line winger (as Bomm said) and as a PP guy.
They need to get him big minutes and they need to not overload him with the responsibilities of being an NHL center (the toughest position in hockey to play).
I don't mean to make him sound bad... I think he'll be excellent, but he will have to play wing to be a 70pt player... and that likely means he'll get a less-skilled, albeit grittier, center to play with.