The Edmonton Oilers, fresh off their big road win against the Winnipeg Jets, continue to make smart moves this season. As confirmed by Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal, the Oilers have officially placed left winger Tyler Ennis on waivers.
It’s no secret that Ennis has started off the season disappointingly. Unfortunately, injuries have defined him to where he’s become a non-factor in games that actually matter. In the grand scheme of things, since the Oilers have been sticking with their “one game at a time” mentality, it’s important to make the necessary changes now for continued success.
With the recent promotion of Jesse Puljujarvi to the top line, it was expected that head coach Dave Tippett would continue to tweak things to put the Oilers in a better position to win hockey games. Making a few roster moves to accommodate changes were bound to happen and at the end of the day, the Oilers are better off without Ennis.
The Edmonton Oilers are wise to move on from Tyler Ennis
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So far this season, Ennis seemed out of place and wasn’t effective in the minutes on ice that came his way. Ennis only had two shots on goal and failed to score a single goal in the 9 minutes and 47 seconds he averaged per game. That just won’t cut it for a team that is still trying to figure out their Power Play scoring issues.
Ennis isn’t a natural-born scoring machine anymore and that is still a major area of need for the Oilers. They need to have a stronger presence when it comes to scoring opportunities, especially in Power Play situations.
Yes, they have made some changes and are showing improvement in this area as of late but Ennis simply didn’t hold his own when it came to it. Hopefully, for Ennis, he’ll find himself on a new team and do whatever it takes to revitalize himself at this stage of his 13-year career.
For now, the Oilers made the right call when it came to Ennis as it’s all about delivering high-quality performances and delivering results as the season progresses. The Oilers play the Jets once again on Tuesday night as placing Ennis on waivers sends the right message to all that they will do whatever it takes to get the job done one game at a time.