This is Tyler Ennis. He’s a center for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. Ennis is listed as 5-9, 160 on the WHL site and turned 18 in early October of this year (he’s 57 days younger than Sam Gagner).
Ennis is a “player of interest” for the 2008 draft and has an outside shot at the first round depending on which service you follow.
We “saw him good” at the Memorial Cup in the spring, but a better test imo is how well a prospect plays during the regular season of his draft year. Ennis appears to be up to the challenge (37gp, 22-23-45 so far with the Tigers) as he sits in a 6th place tie for WHL scoring currently. Among the 5 players ahead of him are 2 players already drafted and an overager, so Ennis is right at the top of the draft in terms of total points among draft eligibles this season.
Ennis played 3 seasons for the Edmonton Knights of Columbus in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League (AMBHL), peaking as a 15-year old with a 35 goals in 33 games performance in 2003-04.
He is a small, skilled player with terrific speed and nice touch around the net. Redline Report says Tyler Ennis— Yes, he’s tiny. But he’s burning up the WHL and has the balls to go to the dirty areas and fight for loose pucks. Small in stature, but a huge heart. He was ranked as the 19th best prospect for the 2008 draft by ISS in the summertime, but has slipped past their top 30 (published today by tsn). He has represented Canada in the U18′s and fits Edmonton’s definition of Best Player Available for their top picks each draft year in the following areas: Skilled and North American.