Tyler Myers D BUF 11 Days
One player who seems to be thriving under new coach Ted Nolan is Tyler Myers.
Myers led the Sabres in ice time against Toronto Friday night (24:10) and had his first two-point game of the season (two assists) in Buffalo's 3-2 overtime win. If you dropped Myers a while back, you may want to revisit that decision.
Tyler Myers D BUF 19 Days
Tyler Myers picked up his second goal of the season Thursday, but the Sabres ended up losing to Philadelphia by a score of 4-1.
The power play marker was the lone Buffalo goal in the midst of another game in which they were badly outplayed. He seems to have responded well to the coaching change, but with such a weak supporting cast, he's a difficult player to trust moving forward.
Tyler Myers D BUF 25 Days
One player who certainly responded well to the Buffalo coaching and general manager change was Tyler Myers.
Myers, who has been in a two-year slide since a successful rookie campaign, looked terrific against Toronto Firday night. He registered an assist, had four hits, blocked two shots and smartly jumped into the offensive play a number of times. "It was definitely a lighter feeling. When a big change like that is made, it's normal for guys to come out like we did tonight," said Myers. "The most important thing moving forward is not losing that feeling, or losing that compete level. It's a consistency that we have to stick with." Myers may be a good buy low candidate right now.
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Tyler Myers scored for Buffalo in its 6-3 loss to the Ducks on Saturday night.
In the midst of a poor season from the Sabres and his own struggles, we point out this night from the promising youngster because he also had an even plus-minus. It was his first goal of the year. He might not show it this year in a very lousy situation, but Myers is still very talented and only 23 years old. Cody Hodgson scored and assisted, while Henrik Tallinder added the other goal. Matt Moulson chipped in with two helpers.
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Tyler Myers has opened the season with no points and a minus-7 rating after five games.
Myers has picked up a minus plus-minus rating in each game so far and he's had two penalty minutes in every contest as well. It is early but it looks like he's going to continue to regress this year, which is what he's done since winning the Calder Trophy in 2009-10.
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Tyler Myers is in great physical and mental shape as training camp opens.
Myers came into training camp last season in poor shape and never recovered and it also took its toll on his mental aspect of the game. "I'll be the first to say, that's not me as a player last year," Myers said. "I have to be much better, and it's just a matter of taking it day by day and focusing on improving each and every day, right up until that first game, and then continue at throughout the season." Myers had an outstanding rookie season in 2010 but has struggled mightily the last two seasons, culminating with only a three goal, eight point season in 2013. He should be one of the top sleeper picks this season as he has rededicated himself to the game and will have Henrik Tallinder as his defense partner. Myers played his best hockey with Tallinder helping out earlier in his career and the Sabres hope that history repeats itself in 2013-14. Look for a 35-45 point season from Myers.
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Henrik Tallinder still has faith in Tyler Myers.
Myers has gone from one of the best young offensive defenseman in the league to an enigma within a couple seasons. He had just eight points and 32 penalty minutes in 39 games last season. "I think Tyler is an exceptional young man and player," Tallinder said. "When he came in his first year, I've never seen a guy that talented and that good at that age. Or very few of them, that I've played with at least. I think he's still young. I think you guys have been pretty hard on him too. He's going to be an exceptionally good player still. Just give him time. Let him play." Tallinder was Myers' defensive partner during the younger defenseman's 48-point rookie campaign, but Sabres coach Ron Rolston will keep them on different units for now.
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Tyler Myers doesn't like the way he played last season and he's anxious to rebound.
"I think I'll be the first one to say I wasn't anywhere near where I should've been last year," he told the Sabres Hockey Hotline radio show on Thursday. Myers has rehabbed his injured leg and he's worked on strengthening his mental game as well during the off-season. He was also "very, very excited" to hear that the Sabres had brought back his old defense partner Henrik Tallinder. Tallinder and Myers were a duo when Myers won the Calder Trophy, so they could be reunited this campaign.
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Tyler Myers knows he has to improve after regressing each year since he won the Calder Trophy in 2009-10.
"It's only natural to hear things like that the way things have gone, especially this year," he said. "I'll be the first to admit I definitely need to turn things around, get back on that path to improving and working on the things that have made me successful. It's just a matter of working that much harder this off-season." Myers notched eight points and a minus-8 rating before his season came to an end when a hairline fracture was discovered in his left leg after he blocked a shot against Montreal on April 11. He wants to put his past conditioning issues behind him and train hard in the summer, so it could make for a more fit Tyler Myers next year.
Tyler Myers D BUF 8 Months
The Buffalo Sabres announced that Tyler Myers broke a bone in his leg on Thursday, effectively ending his 2013 season.
The towering defenseman has been a disappointment on the scale of his size at times in this campaign, but that's still a discouraging update. The Sabres didn't give a window of recovery beyond that vague season-ending label, so it's unclear how deep into the offseason (or even 2013-14 season) this might go.