The more I look at this, the more I'm convinced Tyler Ennis is a Golden Knight.
The Sabres are likely to protect Kane, ROR, Okposo, Larsson, Girgensons and Foligno.
Given their cap situation and their depth on the wing I think they keep Carrier over Moulson and Ennis; both have large salaries, depth roles and lack the fast heavy game this team is going for.
Available from the Sabres: Deslauriers, Moulson, Ennis, Gorges, Falk, Ullmark.
Vegas will be looking first for good players; unlike most expansions there will be some available.
There will not be any available from Buffalo.
Vegas will be looking at prospects that could turn into players.
There will be one available in from Buffalo: Linus Ullmark.
I think they look hard at him, but pass because of better goalies available.
Vegas will be looking at contracts: they have to reach the floor and they have to acquire a certain cap hit in the expansion draft.
Tyler Ennis is a $4.6 million hit but only a $3.6 million payout. And he is only a two-year commitment.
Vegas will be looking at assets
Ennis is a talented guy. Injuries appear to have robbed him of his effectiveness, but he is just 27. He's probably going to be pencilled in as a top-six guy on an expansion team, and has a better chance of scoring 20 goals than many of the Knights' other options. Any kind of production, coupled with his contract makes it pretty easy to flip him to a team looking for offensive depth heading into the playoffs.
I think the risk/reward for Vegas on Tyler is much better than any of the other Sabre options, unless they are very enamoured with Ullmark. At worst he is cap filler for a team interested in that. At best he is a top-six guy for them on the ice who can be flipped for assets that will help the team down the road.
Edited by dudacek, 19 February 2017 - 11:36 AM.