BUFFALO – The setting made Tyler Ennis reflect on a career that almost never started.
The slick Sabres center was about to skate at Callingwood Recreation Centre, the rink around the corner from his childhood home in Edmonton, when word arrived last week his new five-year, $23 million contract had been finalized.
His best friend, Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, was with him. So were the memories of his struggles as a youngster.
“I was just kind of thinking, ‘Wow, how far I’ve …