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Edmonton Oilers Acquire Tyler Ennis From Ottawa

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Holland makes second successful deal on deadline day

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A fifth round pick? Yeah. Sign me right up.

I’m calling it right now, this guy’s a top six option on a club that was bereft of actual top six wingers. He might not be a top six option on the Bruins, but on a club that had Alex Chiasson and Sam Gagner flanking Connor McDavid last night in LA, he is in Edmonton.

It’s another solid trade for Holland. It’s definitely more economical, costing just a fifth round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

Ennis (14-19-33 in 61 GP) has had himself a nice season in Ottawa. There’s nothing flashy about those numbers, but consider he did it while shooting about 10% alongside Chris Tierney and Colin White in Ottawa. That’s encouraging, as there’s no red flag that he’s about to regress to something not seen this year.

Look! Special teams goals!

Ennis is a good gamble for Ken Holland’s Oilers. He can play all three forward positions, and he’s signed to a tidy cap hit of 800K this year. He’s an unrestricted free agent after this one, so let’s wind him up and let ‘em rip. The Oilers pried Andreas Athanasiou out of Detroit earlier today for a pair of second rounders and Sam Gagner.

Hey, maybe you see both of Athanasiou and Ennis on a line together soon.

It couldn’t hurt to try.