Sometimes a fresh start is all a skater needs to get himself back into hockey’s good graces.
Here’s a look at five NHL players who could be set up for a successful bounce-back year with their new club.
Signed by: Toronto Maple Leafs (one year, $650,000)
2017-18 stats (Wild): 8G | 14A | 22Pts
The three-time 20-goal scorer with the Sabres saw his young career derailed by injuries, including concussions, resulting in him playing just 74 games over the course of two seasons between 2015 and 2017.
A healthy Ennis was expected to rebound last year after being acquired by the Wild, but never really hit his stride with his new club, falling down the roster, playing less than 12 minutes a game and eventually being a healthy scratch before ultimately having the final season of his five-year, $23-million contract bought out by Minnesota.
With the Maple Leafs’ new-found depth at centre, there’s no pressure for the versatile Ennis to fit into one position up front, and plenty of potential for him to find his scoring stride once again with a capable crew of playmakers surrounding him.
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