Tyler Myers

Posted: February 5, 2013 in Sports

With their 1st pick in the 2008 NHL draft; the Buffalo Sabres selected Tyler Myers; a 6’8” 227 pound defensemen. Myers was born in Houston, Texas on February 1, 1990. He played most of his hockey in Canada; where he was on the Canadian National Jr. Team.

Myers has always been a good skater. He has the ability o move the puck quickly out of his zone. Not only can he skate, it was thought that Myers could be productive on the offensive side of the game. He has won many awards in the WHL, and has won a few NHL awards as well. In 2008-2009 Tyler was honored with the Top Draft Pick Award, 2nd Team All-Star and Playoff MVP in the WHL. In 2009 when won Myers dressed in the Blue and Gold of the Sabres, he won the Calder Memorial Trophy for the Rookie of the year. Myers was also named to the NHL All Rookie Team. Unfortunately for Tyler that’s were all the good play has ended.

After putting up 48 points in 2009-2010; Myers has seen a steady decline in production putting up 37 points in 2010-2011, and only 23 points in the 2011-2012 season (55 games played). This year Myers is lucky to still be on the ice. He has only 1 point and is a -6 in 9 games. With all of his upside Tyler seems to be a mistake machine. He can’t get out of his own way this year. For that matter, Myers has not lived up to much of the hype. He has been a liability the past two year. This year in a shortened season and the start of his 7 year $38.5 million contract Myers seems to have fooled every one. Understanding he is only 23 years old, there is time for Tyler to save his career.

The 6’8” Myers still needs to pick a style of play. He was drafted to be the big D-man, mean physical, and keep people away from the fragile Ryan Miller. So far Tyler has been the complete opposite of that. He is shy alone the boards, and doesn’t have the mentality of a basher. He seems to be lacking the basic skills this year. It appears Myers wants to be the skating, offensive defenseman. Not unlike former D man Brian Campbell. The only problem with that is Myers doesn’t seem to have the drive to be that either.

It is time to sit the kid, and not just for a game or two. At this point in time Myers is a liability on the ice, and may be in his own head. Some time away for this mess may help him. Tyler has been playing all year. He played in Austria during the lockout. He suffered ankle injury while in Austria. Now that injury is fully healed. Myers has no excesses for his play, and doesn’t seem to have any answers. On one hand the Sabres have him under contract for 7 years, so the Sabres have time for him to figure it out. On the other hand Myers play may very well help get his coach fired. A new coach may not think of Myers as a number 1 D man. With the Sabres not scoring there is no room for a struggling top pick. I would not trade him now, but if this doesn’t turn around in the next year or two it may be worth looking into. The fact of the matter is Myers is not a top defenseman right now. He is playing like a 3 or a 4 on the chart. Hopefully he can fit there.

 

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