The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Tyler Ennis to a one-year contract worth $650,000, the team announced Friday.
Ennis became an unrestricted free agent after having the remainder of his contract bought out by the Minnesota Wild on June 30.
The signing adds depth to the Maple Leafs’ bottom six forwards and his league minimum cap hit—a far cry from the $4.6 million he averaged in each of the past four seasons—could prove to be a bargain if the Edmonton native can regain his form from a few years ago.
After averaging 0.61 points per game throughout the first six years of his NHL career his production was stifled in 2015-16 and 2016-17 as he dealt with various injury woes.
He did manage to score eight goals and 14 assists in 73 games this past season despite averaging less than 12 minutes of ice-time per contest. Prior to his lone season in Minnesota, Ennis had spent his entire career with the Buffalo Sabres after the team drafted 26th overall in 2008.
The three-time 20-goal scorer, has 105 goals and 153 assists for 258 points in 492 career regular-season NHL games. He also has three goals and five assists in 14 career Stanley Cup playoff games.
Ennis has also enjoyed success with Canada internationally, winning a 2009 world juniors gold medal and had two crucial points in the gold medal game at the 2015 IIHF world championship.
July 6, 2018