Forward Tyler Ennis among 14 players assigned to minors by Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Sabres have assigned former first-round draft pick Tyler Ennis and 13 other players to the minors.

Ennis’ demotion to AHL Portland was announced Tuesday, a week after the forward signed a three-year contract. He was drafted 26th overall in 2008.

Also headed to the minors are forwards Paul Byron, Brad Larsen, Maxime Legault, Mark McCutcheon, Kyle Rank, Travis Turnbull and Derek Whitmore; defencemen T.J. Brennan, Matt Generous, Mike Kostka, Dennis Persson and Drew Schiestel; and goalie J.P. Lamoureux.

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The Sabres also released defencemen Ryan Stokes and goalie Glenn Fisher.

Buffalo takes a 2-1 pre-season record into Wednesday’s home game against Toronto. The Sabres open the regular season at home against Montreal on Oct. 3.