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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

Tyler Ennis

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 15, 2012) --- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced the team has signed center Tyler Ennis to a two-year contract.

"Tyler is a very important part of our offense and we are very happy to have him signed," Regier said. "He has progressed as a player over the past few seasons and we are excited to see his growth both as a person and professional in the years to come."

Ennis (5'9", 172 lbs., 10/6/89) led the Sabres with a plus-11 rating in 2011-12 and tallied 34 points (15+19) through 48 games.

The Edmonton, Alberta native was drafted by the Sabres in the first round (26th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He played his first NHL game with the Sabres on November 14, 2009 and became the 21st Sabres player to score a goal in his NHL debut. He has since recorded 92 points (38+54) through 140 games in the NHL.

While playing for the Portland Pirates (AHL) in 2009-10, Ennis tied for the most goals in the league and was awarded the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the the AHL's top rookie player and was named to the 2009-10 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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