Tyler Ennis
Tyler Ennis Crop.jpg
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
157 lb (71 kg)
NHL Team Buffalo Sabres
Born (1989-10-06)October 6, 1989,
Edmonton, AB, CAN
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2008
Buffalo Sabres
Pro Career 2009 – present

Tyler Foster Ennis (born October 6, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Sabres in the first round, 26th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career


Ennis began his major junior career in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Medicine Hat Tigers in 2005–06, recording 10 points in a 43-game rookie season. The following season, he became a key contributor to the Tigers' offense with a 26-goal, 50-point campaign. Ennis went on to add 12 points in 20 playoff games as the Tigers defeated the defending WHL champion Vancouver Giants in a seven-game Ed Chynoweth Cup final. The WHL title earned the Tigers a berth in the 2007 Memorial Cup, hosted by the runner-up Giants, whom they met in the tournament final once more, but fell by a 3–1 score. Ennis contributed a team-high four points in four games, fifth in tournament scoring.

The following season, in 2007–08, Ennis' NHL draft year, he ascended to a team-leading 91 points, fourth in league scoring. That off-season, he was selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft 26th overall by the Buffalo Sabres. In 2008–09, his fourth season with the Tigers, Ennis was named WHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 22, 2009 after an eight-point performance in three games. Ennis followed up his player of the week honors with a six-goal performance on February 27, scoring all his team's goals in a 6–2 win against the Prince Albert Raiders. He was just one goal shy of tying the WHL record of seven goals in a game (held by five different players).


He made his NHL debut on November 14, 2009 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored his first NHL goal that game against Flyers' goalie Ray Emery. Ennis spent most of the 2009-10 season with the Portland Pirates of the AHL. He finished the campaign with 23 goals and 42 assists for 65 points. His 23 goals tied for the AHL lead among rookies. At the end of the season, Ennis became the second straight Pirates player selected by the AHL's coaches, players and media to receive the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the top rookie in the AHL, following teammate Nathan Gerbe. After center Tim Connolly went out with injury, Ennis was called up for the Sabres' final nine regular season games, ending the NHL regular season with nine points in ten games and earning a spot as a consistent starter in the playoffs for the Sabres. He finished the playoffs with a team-best three assists and tied with Jason Pominville with a team-best four points.

International play

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.png  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2009 Canada

During his fourth WHL season, Ennis was named to Team Canada for the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa. He helped Canada to a fifth straight gold medal, defeating Sweden in the final.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Knights of Columbus Pats AMHL 36 15 17 32 10
2005–06 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 43 3 7 10 10 0 0 0
2006–07 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 71 26 24 50 30 22 8 4 12 6
2007–08 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 70 43 48 91 42 5 0 4 4 6
2008–09 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 61 43 42 85 21 11 8 11 19 10
2009–10 Portland Pirates AHL 69 23 42 65 12
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 3 6 9 6 6 1 3 4 0
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 20 29 49 30 7 2 2 4 4
WHL totals 245 115 121 236 103 45 16 19 35 22
NHL totals 92 23 35 58 36 13 3 5 8 4


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