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06-16-2012, 05:13 PM
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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
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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