Fantasy Take: Ennis moving to Edmonton

Michael Clifford

2020-02-24

Ottawa was on an absolute tear trying to trade everything that wasn't nailed down for the second season in a row. This particular deal saw Tyler Ennis traded to Edmonton for a fifth-round pick next year. Following a few down/injured years in Buffalo, Minnesota, and Toronto, Ennis has rebounded nicely this year in Ottawa with 14 goals and 33 points playing fewer than 15 minutes a night. It's not even with a shooting percentage binge, either, as he's sitting at 10.1 percent, which is exactly his career average.

 

To Edmonton

In Ennis, the Oilers get a winger who possesses a wealth of skill but has had a tough time translating that to consistent top-line minutes. The injuries obviously derailed him, but he showed this year playing down the lineup in Ottawa what he can bring: depth scoring and good PP production. It seems unlikely he gets to the top PP unit in Edmonton when everyone is healthy, but don't preclude it out of hand. It's been a rotating cast of guys like Alex Chiasson, James Neal, and Kailer Yamamoto as the fourth forward (McDavid, Draisaitl, RNH) on the top PP unit. It's not crazy to think somehow sneaks onto that unit at some point, especially given how he's performed on the top PP for Ottawa this year.

In all likelihood, this means Ennis to the third line with secondary minutes. It's possible he's moved to the top line with Connor McDavid but I think that's something that'll happen in spurts, rather than some sort of lasting position. As mentioned earlier, Ennis hasn't really been able to establish himself as capable of handling 18-19 minutes a night, at least not for a few years now. It seems thrusting him in that position night in and night out would be suboptimal.

If Ennis is on the third line and second PP unit for Edmonton, this could be a downgrade for him, fantasy-wise. If Ennis is on the top line and top PP unit, it's a huge boost. My bet is we see far more of the former scenario rather than the latter this season.

We’ve already seen Rudolfs Balcers be called up for Ottawa, and he's a guy who should see minutes in the NHL for the balance of the season, though with the talent that's left, I'm not sure it'll be worth much for fantasy. Jayce Hawryluk could see some more ice time as a result as well. This should lock both Drake Batherson and Anthony Duclair on the first power-play quintet for Ottawa as well.

 

Who this helps

Drake Batherson

Tyler Benson

Rudolfs Balcers

Anthony Duclair

 

Who this hurts

Riley Sheahan

Artem Anisimov

 

UPCOMING GAMES

Mar 29 - 12:03 PHI vs PIT
Mar 29 - 15:03 CHI vs L.A
Mar 29 - 15:03 N.J vs CAR
Mar 29 - 15:03 WPG vs VGK
Mar 29 - 19:03 STL vs MIN
Mar 29 - 20:03 EDM vs ANA
Mar 29 - 21:03 COL vs NSH
Mar 29 - 22:03 S.J vs ARI

STARTING GOALIES

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HOT PLAYERS

  Players Team GP G A P
EVGENI MALKIN PIT 5 4 7 11
ADAM FOX NYR 4 1 6 7
JAKUB VORACEK PHI 6 0 10 10
NATHAN MACKINNON COL 5 2 6 8
MIKA ZIBANEJAD NYR 29 25 19 44
NIKITA KUCHEROV T.B 24 16 20 36
KEVIN FIALA MIN 11 9 7 16
EVANDER KANE S.J 7 5 5 10
KYLE CONNOR WPG 7 8 2 10
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS EDM 17 8 16 24

LINE COMBOS

  Frequency EDM Players
32.7% LEON DRAISAITL TYLER ENNIS KAILER YAMAMOTO
27.3% ZACK KASSIAN CONNOR MCDAVID RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS
8.8% ALEX CHIASSON JUJHAR KHAIRA JAMES NEAL

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