Tyler Ennis thrived after Ted Nolan came aboard as coach.
No one can accuse Tyler Ennis of thinking small.
“I’m glad I got 21,” the Sabres forward said of this season’s goal total, “but I want to get 30. I want to get 40. You want to set high goals, so I’m going to set high goals for myself.”
For a team that scores with the worst of them, a boost in production would be welcomed. A full season under coach Ted Nolan should help Ennis, who remained, for better and worse, Buffalo’s No. 1 center.
The Sabres’ dressing room was filled with guys who performed better once Nolan arrived, but Ennis was the poster boy. He had just two goals and six points during the opening 20 games with Ron Rolston in charge. Ennis finished with a team-high 21 goals and was second with 43 points, a turnaround that made his teammates vote him the Sabres’ MVP.
“I can be a lot better,” Ennis said. “I had such a slow start. It’s not acceptable, and I need to be better to start. I’m looking f