The Buffalo Sabres just can't catch a break, and on Thursday they added another player to the injury report.
The team announced that forward Tyler Ennis has undergone surgery on his groin and will miss several weeks. In 12 games this season Ennis had just two points (1G, 1A) and had a -6 +/-.
These injuries are getting out of hand. The Sabres can't afford to lose another skill player like Ennis but so far this year the 27-year-old winger just hasn't been able to produce offensively.
Going into the season, Ennis looked bigger and healthier after missing almost all of last season with concussion problems, and was expected by many, including myself, to be a top six forward.
Early on that clearly wasn't the case -- but now, with him out several weeks you have to wonder if Ennis' time in Buffalo is running out. Ennis still has tons of talent and strung together some nice games a few weeks ago, but he just can't find the back of the net. There's no exact timetable on when he will return but when he finally does he'll need to produce because time is running out.
With Jack Eichel likely to return sometime in the next month (as per Darren Dreger of TSN) and Evander Kane back, the injury certainly won't kill the Sabres -- but it's obviously not ideal. Nick Baptiste has looked really impressive in his time with Buffalo so I expect players like him to get more opportunity with Ennis out for an extended period of time.