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Ennis finished his first full season in the National Hockey League with 49 points on 20 goals and 29 assists. His 49 points tied him with former Sabre John Tucker for the ninth-most productive season by a rookie in team history. The last Sabres rookie to score at least 49 points in a season was Derek Plante, who notched 56 points during the 1993-94 campaign. Ennis also became the first Sabres rookie to score 20 goals in one year since Thomas Vanek
tallied 25 during his freshman season of 2005-06. For the season, Ennis ranked 5th on the Sabres in scoring during the regular season and 4th during the playoffs (2-2-4 in 7 GP).ENNIS HAS SUPERSKILLS:
Ennis was the lone representative of the Sabres at the 2011 All-Star festivities in Raleigh, North Carolina back in January when he was selected as one of 12 rookies to take part in the NHL SuperSkills Competition. Ennis participated in the relay event and was a member of the competition's overall winning team, which was captained by Hurricanes' center Eric Staal. By participating in the SuperSkills Competition, Ennis became the first Buffalo rookie to take part in an All-Star Weekend since 2004, when Derek Roy
played in what was then called the Future Stars Game. At the time of his selection to the event, Ennis had registered 19 points (9-10-19) through the first 42 games of the season, but got stronger as the season went on, collecting 30 points (11-19-30) in the final 40 games of the year. ROOKIE RANKS:
One of the League’s highest-scoring rookies this season, Ennis ranked 4th among all NHL rookies in points, 5th in assists and 7th in goals. He also ranked T-3rd in shootout-deciding goals (2), 4th in shots (210), T-5th in power play points (14), 6th in power play goals (5), and 11th in shooting percentage (9.5%). PLAYOFF TESTED:
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Ennis has appeared in all 13 of Buffalo’s playoff games over the past two seasons and has acquitted himself well, notching eight total points in those games. He scored the Sabres’ biggest goal of the 2011 postseason when he knocked in a rebound in overtime of Game 5 against the Flyers on April 22 to give Buffalo a 3-2 series lead. It was his second goal of the game and made him the first Sabres rookie to score an overtime goal in the playoffs since Jason Pominville
’s memorable goal against Ottawa in Game 5 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
BY THE NUMBERS...
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Ennis was the only player to appear in all 82 of Buffalo’s games this season and also skated in each of the team’s seven playoff games. Only Brad Boyes
played more games (83) than Ennis this season, but 62 of those games came in a St. Louis Blues uniform. Ennis was also one of just four NHL rookies to appear in all 82 of his team's regular season games this year.14
Ennis recorded 14 multi-point games this season, the second-highest total on the Sabres behind Thomas Vanek
(21 multi-point games). Ennis' 14 games of two or more points tied him with Carolina's Jeff Skinner for the most multi-point games among all NHL rookies this season.2
Two of Ennis’ three shootout goals counted as the game-deciding goal, which led the team. He tallied the shootout-deciding goal in a win at Toronto on Nov. 6 as well as in the 7-6 win over Boston on Jan. 1 (see video below).35
Ennis scored 35 of his 49 points at even strength, marking the third-highest total on the Sabres this season behind only Vanek (45) and Pominville (37).
Here's a look at two of Ennis' signature goals from the 2010-11 campaign - his shootout game-winner aganist Tim Thomas in Buffalo's 7-6 win on Jan. 1 and his overtime winner in Game 5 against Philadelphia on Apr. 22: