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Tyler Ennis sees role growing with Sabres

Sabres centre Tyler Ennis, shown here tangling with Oilers' Taylor Hall in Edmonton last season,...

Sabres centre Tyler Ennis, shown here tangling with Oilers' Taylor Hall in Edmonton last season, says coach Ted Nolan has been able to raise the level of play on the team. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:25 PM ET

EDMONTON - Last season may have been the longest of Tyler Ennis’s NHL career.

The Buffalo Sabres forward was part of a team that spent most of the year circling the drain.

Between management issues, coaching changes and players asking for one-way tickets out of town, the Sabers were a mess.

But the hiring of general manager Tim Murray brought a sense of stability to the club and Ennis, who had a good campaign despite all the turmoil, believes there is reason for optimism in Buffalo.

“I think everyone goes through ups and downs, I had a really bad start to the year,” said Ennis, taking part at Perry Pearn’s 3-on-3 conditioning camp. “We went though a coaching change, management change, it was nice to finish off with new coaches and some stability. I think we’re optimistic this year. I think Tim Murray did some good work picking up some great players.


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