Thread: Speculation: Summer Moves IV: Roy "4" Hanzal <3
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06-16-2012, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Jame View Post
Depends what you mean by #1...
Play top minutes? sure...
Be a #1 on a contender? nope...

I guess my question (since i respect your opinion), is what did Ennis do to make you believe he can be a #1 on a contender?
As he is right now? He's still got a ways to go. But given the transition back to what his natural position is and the flashes of outright incredible offensive talent that I don't think anyone will debate, I'd argue that with proper coaching and training he has the potential to develop his offensive game to that of a #1 (in the same way that Thornton/Spezza are pretty much offensive specialists with acceptable D). That is not to say that he'll be as good as Spezza, much less Thornton, but his skills at 22 are remarkable.

I just don't see enough to believe that he'll survive a series where he sees Chara-Boychuck-Marchand-Begeron-Seguin on a shift to shift basis...or McDonagh-Girardi-Callahan-Richards-Dubinsky.... I think he would get dominated at both ends of the ice.
Right now? I think you underestimate him in the offensive zone, but overall I'd agree with you. A year from now, though? Two or three? I don't think his skills and development have plateaued.

I don't think he has the chops defensively to play center, on a contender... and I think he lacks the size and strength to physically compete against shut down pairings and elite 2 way playoff lines.
His size is and will always be a disadvantage. But Savard was 5'10'' 180lbs for a while and was able to have a couple excellent years while playing acceptable at worst D. Ennis has had a similar start to his NHL career and I'd be thrilled to see him match it.

e: To be clear, that's what I view his ceiling as. It's on coaching and his own drive, I guess

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