This is what we're doing now?
Ennis is third on the team in assists with nine. Five of those are on the PP, when he's not playing with his linemates. Stafford and Foligno have combined for two goals. So you tell me- is Ennis not passing or is he playing with guys that don't finish?
True, but 2/3 of the assists are secondary. I am not saying he is a bad player, I just really hate him as a centre. Watch him with the puck tonight, he never passes to the defence and we just keeps hold of the puck for far too long. He is a very talented player who is best on the rush but I don't think he makes his linemates better. Most of his assists this season have either been irrelevant to the play or pretty pedestrian passes to the defence who then take a shot which is deflected or the rebound is put in
Florida: Irrelevant to the goal
Pittsburgh: Ehrhoff passes to him, he passes to Ehrhoff, Ehrhoff shoots the puck off Vanek's stick
Boston: First is a lovely pass to Stafford, Second he is irrelevant
Montreal: First he touches the puck and Vanek picks it up makes a move to the backhand and scores (I don't think Ennis did anything particularly important on the play); second is a scramble in the goal crease, again he didn't do anything of particular note
Boston: Ehrhoff passes to him, he passes to Ehrhoff, Ehrhoff shoots the puck off Vanek's stick
Washington: Passes to Sekera, he shoots, Foligno puts in the rebound - but in fairness I think Ennis is more involved in this play compared to his other plays
Philly: Passes to Myers who shoots and scores
Passes to D-man who shoots: IIII
He has three assists where he was more actively involved in the play (and that is being very very generous). Look at the two assists Coho had yesterday and Ennis has at best one like that (Stafford).
Now I know you could do this with a lot of players, but I just don't think he is the playmaker his assists suggest he is