News:Tyler Myers will miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his leg, the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis:Tyler Myers apparently suffered the injury in Thursday's game, but he played over 25 minutes in the contest and did not show visible signs of the setback, so details are minimal. Regardless of how the injury occurred, Myers will not play any more this season, so those that own him should search for a replacement.
News:Tyler Myers has gone seven games without a point since scoring a goal on Feb. 26 at Tampa Bay. In 25 games this season, Myers has four points (three goals, one assist) and carries a minus-7 rating.
Analysis: He's back as a mainstay in the Sabres' lineup after being healthy scratched twice earlier in the season, but the nightmare season continues for Tyler Myers. In one-year leagues, it's best to cut him loose if you haven't done so already.
News:Tyler Myers netted his second goal of the season and added an assist in Friday's win over Boston. The points were his first since opening day nearly one month ago.
Analysis:Tyler Myers has been the poster child for a season's poor start, putting up only one point in the season's first nine games and earning a healthy scratch for two straight games. Things can only improve for the fourth-year defender, who is loaded with talent but a massive frustration to own.
News:Tyler Myers will return to the Sabres' lineup Tuesday against the Senators, the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis:Tyler Myers, who has been a healthy scratch for the team's last two games, has recorded just one goal in 11 games to date, but he has produced in the past, and perhaps the big blueliner will return from his recent benching refocused and recharged.
News:Tyler Myers, who was a healthy scratch Saturday against the Islanders, will sit again Sunday when the Sabres take on the Bruins, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Coach Lindy Ruff's benchings - and Tyler Myers certainly earned his with a 2013 output coming nowhere near matching his hockey skills - rarely last more than a game or two for key players, so we'd expect Myers to return to action at some point during the week. But for now, he'll get the whole weekend off to try and regroup for his next chance.
News:Tyler Myers was benched for Saturday's win over the Islanders after putting up a minus-9 rating through Buffalo's first 11 games.
Analysis: This seems to be less of a doghouse issue than a talented player who's really struggling, where the coach felt it best to give him a day to clear his head. Even though the Sabres won, the blue line had a pretty poor outing and goalie Ryan Miller bailed them out, so there's a decent chance Tyler Myers could be back out there for Sunday's rivalry game against the Bruins.
News:Tyler Myers will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Bruins.
Analysis: A league-worst minus-9 rating earned Tyler Myers a benching Saturday, and there's a chance he sits again Sunday. It doesn't seem like there's an injury in play here, but the Sabres will wait until game-time to decide whether or not to scratch Myers.
News:Tyler Myers has just one point through the Sabres' first seven games and a minus-3 rating. He was on the ice for three of the Bruins' four goals in Thursday's win over Boston.
Analysis:Tyler Myers - along with Christian Ehrhoff - is the franchise defenseman so he'll probably get a little leash here. But we'll note the team does have eight healthy defensemen when Robyn Regehr gets back from injury, with several of them playing a lot better than Myers and Jordan Leopold right now. Coach Lindy Ruff has been known to sit even key players when they're not performing up to his expectations, so Myers better get it going soon.
News:Tyler Myers, who missed missed nearly a month with an ankle injury while playing in Austria before returning to play one last game for AC Klagenfurt this past Friday, skated Thursday with no apparent issues, the Buffalo News reports. "It's fine. I came back for the one game and it felt fine," Myers said. "I made sure it was ready to go before I came back. I'm feeling 100 percent."
Analysis: His return to action was obviously encouraging, but the important thing to note here is that he appears to have avoided any tweaks or setbacks with his ankle following his return to game action and should be fine heading in the Sabres' training camp.
News:Tyler Myers, who missed nearly a month of play in Austria with an ankle injury, was able to return to action Friday, where he scored the game-winner in a shootout, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: With the lockout now over, Tyler Myers will return to the States in what will be a very short period before the real games start. It's good that he's likely close to full health and got to see game action Friday, though we'll note there could be a little rust involved for Myers compared to other players who played the whole way through the lockout, while it's also a bit troubling that the big defenseman continues to suffer injuries to his lower leg area. However, while he did only play in 55 games last season, Myers played in 162 of 164 the previous two seasons.
News:Tyler Myers has agreed to a contract with Klagenfurt AC of the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League, sportsnet.ca reports.
Analysis:Tyler Myers will be the seventh NHL player to play in Austria and the second Sabre after teammate Thomas Vanek signed with Graz EC earlier in the month. The 22-year-old Myers finished the 2011-12 campaign with 23 points in 55 games.
News:Tyler Myers told the media during Monday's locker cleanout that his foot is indeed broken, according to Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News.
Analysis: One of these days the NHL will get serious about teams disclosing the severity of player injuries. Tyler Myers would have missed at least the first round if the Sabres made the playoffs.
News:Tyler Myers (foot) will not be available for the Sabres' final two regular-season games, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: No word on his possible availability after that, though whether that will be much of a short-term concern hinges on Buffalo snagging the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
News:Tyler Myers, who suffered a foot injury last week that caused him to miss Saturday's game against the Leafs, will not play Tuesday when the Sabres take on Toronto again, according to The Buffalo News.
Analysis: Although the Sabres think Tyler Myers might have a shot to play Thursday, he must be hurting because the team's season is on the line every night these days. Not having Myers really hurt the Buffalo power play in Saturday's loss.
News:Tyler Myers (foot) did not take the ice Monday, according to Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News.
Analysis: Fellow blueliner Christian Ehrhoff won't play again during the regular season, but without being specific, the report adds that Tyler Myers might.
News:Tyler Myers (foot) won't play Saturday against the Leafs, the Sabres' official site reports.
Analysis:Tyler Myers is day-to-day after taking shot off the foot Friday night, with his status for Tuesday's rematch against Toronto uncertain.
News:Tyler Myers will return from a three-game suspension Wednesday as the Sabres host the Canadiens, Sabres.com reports.
Analysis:Tyler Myers had been suspended for a hit on Montreal's Scott Gomez, but doesn't plan on approaching the rematch any differently. "It's in the past. I didn't mean to hurt him," Myers said. "I'm just going to go into that game and focus on getting the two points." He'll be heavily relied upon down the stretch, so feel free to get Myers back in your lineup.
News:Tyler Myers has been handed a three-game suspension for a hit on Montreal's Scott Gomez in Monday's overtime win, according to WGR550.com.
Analysis: Even Tyler Myers himself knew he was going to have to answer to the league on this one, but three games does seem toward the upper end of what player and team were expecting. Assuming the three games sticks, this hits the Sabres at a bad time, with Myers being one of the better defenders lately while stepping up with more physical play, all at a time when the Sabres are chasing a final playoff spot.
News:Tyler Myers scored the overtime goal in Monday's victory over Montreal, his second goal in the last four games.
Analysis:Tyler Myers certainly has been an enigma this season; a season plagued with injuries and inconsistency. Since his most recent return, Myers has been putting up good numbers and should hit double digit goals at least.
News:Tyler Myers scored his seventh goal of the season Wednesday as the Sabres defeated Carolina 3-2 in overtime.
Analysis: He fired five shots on net Wednesday and has stepped up his offensive game since the All-Star break with 10 points in 17 games. After struggling with injuries in the first half, he looks comfortable and should average about a point every two games down the stretch.
News:Tyler Myers extended his points streak to four games with one of Buffalo's two goals in Tuesday's win over the Islanders.
Analysis: The towering Texan has found his offensive game of late, something that was missing earlier in the season. The last four games are indicative of what Tyler Myers can do, not necessarily that he will produce. He's definitely worth a gamble in the season's final seven weeks.
News:Tyler Myers recorded an assist and went plus-4 in Sunday's 6-2 romp over the Penguins.
Analysis: He's now on a three-game point streak and has put up six points in nine games since the All-Star break. Get him back in your lineup.
News:Tyler Myers recorded an assist and played 21:35 in Thursday's 7-2 loss to the Flyers.
Analysis:Tyler Myers made a beautiful pass to Jason Pominville on the opening tally and showed some of the offensive flair that has been missing in a season full of injuries and erratic play. He's starting to right the ship with six points in his last 10 games, but is still miles away from the 48 points that earned him the Calder Trophy in '09-10.
News:Tyler Myers scored on the power play and added an assist in Saturday's 4-2 loss at St. Louis.
Analysis: The hulking young rearguard obviously isn't going to come anywhere near his previous scoring marks this season. He has four points in his last eight games, but just 10 points (4G, 6A) in this injury-shortened campaign.
News:Tyler Myers played 27:44 in Tuesday's loss to Toronto, finishing with four shots on goal and four hits in the shutout.
Analysis:Tyler Myers has been thrown heavily into the mix since returning from a broken wrist. Tuesday's ice time was the most he's accrued in his three games back in action. Myers was one of the season's bigger disappointments from the blue line prior to the injury, but he does have a goal in three contests since returning.
News: In two games since returning from a wrist injury, Tyler Myers has put in over 58 minutes of ice time for the Sabres.
Analysis:Tyler Myers scored Saturday night, but he also turned the puck over in his own end, resulting in Winnipeg's game-winning goal. His play on the defensive end has left a lot to be desired since returning Friday night.
News:Tyler Myers, who returned to action Friday after missing six weeks because of a wrist injury, scored the Sabres' lone goal in an OT loss to the Jets.
Analysis: It came on the power play. Get his big butt back in your lineup -- that wrist looks fine.
News:Tyler Myers (wrist) is "good to go" for Friday's game against the Hurricanes, according to Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News.
Analysis:Tyler Myers, who last played on Nov. 19, is worth scooping up by those looking to add some blue line depth, as he's very capable of a point-every-other game scoring clip.
News: Tests showed Tyler Myers' broken right wrist is fully healed and the player expects he could play as early as Friday at Carolina, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Like a lot of Sabres this season, Tyler Myers was up and down when he was playing but the team has really missed his large presence on the blue line, which has been magnified with the loss of Christian Ehrhoff. If the Sabres are going to reverse their trend of disappointing play this season and land a playoff spot, Myers, who so far has missed 19 games with the injury, is going to have to be a big part of that solution.
News:Tyler Myers, still recovering from a broken wrist that has sidelined him since Nov. 19, isn't sure when he'll be able to return to action, The Buffalo News reports.
"It's not quite where it needs to be for me to jump back in," Myers said Friday afternoon. "It's just taking a little longer than we hoped for. I'll come back as soon as I'm ready. It's just a matter of making sure I don't come back too early to put it at risk for reinjury."
Analysis: There hasn't really been a setback, it's more this is a long, painful injury to return from. Tyler Myers worked out with the Sabres on Tuesday, but you're probably kidding yourself if you think you'll get a full week in when you set weekly lineups for the next period.
News:Tyler Myers (wrist) was on the ice as the extra defenseman for Tuesday's team workout, according to Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News.
Analysis: A return before the new year seems unlikely, but it's another sign of progress as the big man tries to get back on the ice and help a sputtering Sabre offense.
News:Tyler Myers will visit team doctors again on Monday to have his wrist examined. The defenseman is hoping to return to games late next week according to The Buffalo News
Analysis: While Tyler Myers is hoping to return next week, coach Lindy Ruff says that's "probably premature." The 6-foot-8 defenseman has been out since suffering a broken wrist November 19 and the Sabres are 4-7-3 and have fallen into 11th place in the conference since then. Myers has been able to skate with the team, but has not yet begun shooting drills.
News:Tyler Myers was on the ice doing one-on-one drills with assistant coach Teppo Numminen on Tuesday, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: A very encouraging sign for the big man, who expects a return soon after the Christmas holiday. His return surely will provide a boost to Buffalo's dreadful power-play unit.
News:Tyler Myers, who is now without a cast on his injured wrist, told Sal Capaccio of WGR 500 in Buffalo that he expects to return shortly after Christmas.
Analysis: Not exactly a tight timeframe, but the encouraging part is that the big man is out of his cast. Take it with a grain of salt, as Tyler Myers will surely not be the one to determine exactly when he does return, as the Sabres will most definitely err on the side of caution.
News:Tyler Myers had surgery to repair a broken wrist Monday and will miss one month, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: This is a devastating blow to the young blueliner, as he's been scrambling to recapture his rookie-season form for the second straight year. T.J. Brennan was recalled from Rochester to replace Tyler Myers on the roster. Myers will end up on IR in the coming days.
News:Tyler Myers missed the third period of Saturday's game because of an upper-body injury, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News.
Analysis:Tyler Myers will be evaluated Sunday. He has struggled this season but had started to turn things around after being a recent healthy scratch.
News:Tyler Myers scored two goals Wednesday night in Buffalo's 5-3 loss to New Jersey.
Analysis: The goals were his first of the year and come just one game after he was benched for the first time of his career. Tyler Myers is off to a very slow start this season, with only six points in 17 games. One thing Myers is not doing enough of is shooting the puck as he only has 26 shots on net this season.
News:Tyler Myers will return to the ice for Wednesday's game against the Devils, WGR Buffalo reports.
Analysis:Tyler Myers was a healthy scratch last time out, but as assumed, that decision had more to do with providing a wake-up call than anything else. Expect Myers to be back on the Sabres' top blue-line pairing Wednesday night.
News:Tyler Myers will be a healthy scratch for the first time in his career, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis:Tyler Myers is a shocking minus-6 over his last four games. For many players, this wouldn't qualify as a shocking move, but at the same time, the 21-year-old is a former Calder Trophy winner. Myers was recently signed to a seven-year contract and is supposed to be a big piece of the future for the Sabres. As such, this is probably more of a kick in the rear for Myers as opposed to a radical roster shift for the team. It also probably didn't help that Myers didn't react aggressively when Milan Lucic cheap-shotted his goalie in Saturday's loss. Once Myers can demonstrate he's ready to play at a high level again, he will return to the lineup.
News:Tyler Myers, who was nicked up earlier in the week following Tuesdays' win and Wednesday's practice, returned for Thursday's on-ice session and is fine to play Friday against the Senators, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis:Tyler Myers registered an assist Tuesday after going pointless in six of the seven previous games.
News:Tyler Myers was "nicked up" a little in Tuesday's win over Winnipeg and was hit again during Wednesday's practice so he left the ice a little early, according to Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News.
Analysis: The Sabres are off until Friday so this doesn't seem like anything to worry about too much. Of greater concern is Tyler Myers' lack of production and his on-ice presence being a little off. He's still looking for his first goal, and has just four points through 14 games. Unless he gets going, this could be his second straight declining year following a 48-point rookie season. Then again, he fixed his game down the stretch last season and had some great production in the last third of the season. So if you don't own him, you might also start looking for a buy-low opportunity as well.
News:Tyler Myers has two points, both coming from assists, and a plus-2 through seven starts.
Analysis:Tyler Myers and defensive partner Robyn Regehr have established a solid second defensive line for the Sabres. Myers may be able to post a solid plus/minus if the Sabres can continue their winning ways.
News: The Sabres and Tyler Myers wrapped up their contract extension talks Thursday morning, with the sides agreeing to a seven-year deal reportedly worth $38.5 million, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: With Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers now both having huge deals, the Sabres have a ton of money tied up in their formidable blue line, but that's what happens when you have an oil baron who wants to win as much as any owner in hockey. Myers will make $12 million, including a $10 million signing bonus, in the first year of the deal, and a reported $6 million in 2013-14, $5 million in 2014-15 and 2015-16, followed by $4 million, $3.5 million and $3 million. Myers has the potential to be as good as Zdeno Chara and already has 85 points in his first two seasons, and he's now locked up through 2018-19.
News:Tyler Myers appears to be on the verge of a long-term contract extension with the Sabres, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Per TSN's Bob McKenzie, the extension, which is expected to be finalized and announced at a later date, will net Tyler Myers roughly $33 million over six years. The 21-year-old defenseman is entering his third season in the NHL and will look to add to a resume that already includes his winning the Calder Trophy for top rookie in 2009-10. Assuming Myers builds chemistry with newcomer defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Robyn Regehr, one can expect Myers to crack the 50-point barrier in his next full season.
News: In the final 54 regular season games, Myers had five goals, 24 assists and a plus-10 rating, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: A lot of your fellow draftees will look at his 37 points overall and his 11-point drop from his rookie season and be afraid to pick Myers for 2011-12. But the 6-8 blueliner figured out a lot of things amid a horrible start to the season, and if he slips in next season's drafts it seems like he's going to provide plenty of value from that spot.
News: Myers left practice early Monday due to a rash stemming from flu medication he's been taking, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: He should be OK, but we'll post a follow-up after the Tuesday morning skate if he's in more serious jeopardy of missing the contest against the Leafs. It probably hasn't been a fun last few days for Myers.
News: Myers, who almost missed Friday night's game with a late flu bug, appears to be fine to play Saturday against New Jersey, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Jordan Leopold may be suffering from an injury, which would probably press Myers to gut it out even if he is still sick. But it sounds like he's feeling a lot better as of Saturday afternoon, so it looks like he'll be a player for you in daily leagues.
News: Myers (illness) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against Florida, WGR550 reports.
Analysis: This is a very recent development, so there isn't much out there as far as specifics go. The game starts at 7:30 Eastern time.
Sabres' Myers Picks Up Assist In Third Straight Game
News: Myers logged his fifth assist in the last three games during Tuesday night's win over Montreal.
Analysis: After an agonizing start to the season offensively, Myers is back to being Buffalo's reliable warhorse on defense.
News: Myers picked up three helpers Saturday.
Analysis: He has struggled offensively this season and has just 33 points. But he looked sharp Saturday and the Sabres are surging -- this could be a sign of a surge in his output, too.
News: Myers had a goal and an assist in Buffalo's 4-1 win over Atlanta on Wednesday night.
Analysis: He was also a plus-3 on the night with three shots on net. Entering Wednesday's action, Myers had been held pointless in four straight games.
News: Myers had his best game since the All-Star break for Buffalo, assisting on Tomas Vanek's third-period goal and blasting the overtime winner over Tomas Vokoun's shoulder with five seconds remaining in overtime.
Analysis: Myers recorded four shots on goal in the game, the first time he's done that since the calendar turned to 2011, and recorded just his second multi-point game of the new year, a span of 16 games. He's plus-6 over his last six contests after reaching a season-low minus-15 in the middle of January/
News: The Sabres are plenty worried about Myers, who has a team-worst minus-14 rating and is minus-6 in nine games this month after combining for a plus-2 mark in November and December, The Buffalo News reports. He was benched for part of Thursday's win against Boston after making a key mistake and saw only 11:56 of ice time in Friday's loss.
Analysis: Myers is too valuable for the Sabres to play mind moves with like coach Lindy Ruff likes to do with some of his more experienced players, so we'd expect his ice time to be upramped soon, as the team did like the way Myers pushed the play in his limited minutes Friday, so hopefully the message has been sent and received. We think Myers might be a good buy-low candidate, but if you do own him there's no doubt he's in the midst of a major sophomore slump. Myers has five goals and 13 assists for the season, way down from last year's figures of 11 and 37, and hasn't scored a goal since November 15.
News: At the exact halfway point of the season, Myers has 16 points and a minus-11 rating, well off his 48-point, plus-13 showing as a rookie, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Following a huge finish to December, Myers has just one point in his last four games. There's nothing physically wrong with him, just more a case where he's muddling through a sophomore slump. If you're feeling lucky, now might actually be a good time to play up his lack of production and get him in trade. If you own him, he's talented enough where we wouldn't suggest panicking, but at this stage you may need to resolve yourself to a 30-40 point season.
News: Myers, who has missed the past two games due to illness, is expected to return to action Saturday against the Bruins, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Myers had been a roll before getting sick, with six points in his last six games. Considering he'll get a lot of ice time even if he's a couple minutes below normal, there's little reason not to activate Myers right away.
News: Myers (illness) will not play Tuesday against Edmonton, Oilers radio announcer Dan Tencer reports.
Analysis: Myers was a late scratch Monday because of the illness and will miss his second consecutive game. After Tuesday's game, the Sabres are off until Saturday, which should give Myers plenty of time to get healthy.
News: Myers was a last-minute scratch Monday because of an illness, The Buffalo News' Mike Harrington reports.
Analysis: It's unclear whether this is something that has been bothering Myers all day or if it just crept up on him before the game. In any case, he won't play Monday and will be replaced by Shaone Morrisonn.
News: Myers had a pair of helpers for Buffalo in their 4-3 loss Thursday.
Analysis: The sophomore hasn't put up the same kind of numbers he did in his rookie season, but that seems to be a malady affecting the entire team. The Sabres as much as any team could use this two day break to figure out how they can play better as a team in the second half.
News: Myers didn't record a point in Thursday's win over San Jose, but he went a long way toward addressing his season-long plus-minus issues by going plus-five.
Analysis: He's a crazy plus-seven over his past two games, but still only has one point in his last 10 outings.
News: Patrick Kaleta has now been credited with a goal that was taken away from him in Friday night's win over Los Angeles, according to the Sabres' Official Twitter Feed. The goal had been flipped to Andrej Sekera, who now gets an assist on the play with the final update, and Myers -- who originally had the second assist -- falls out of the equation.
Analysis: Myers now gets a doughnut in the scoring column for the evening, so make sure you check your league stats if he's one of your opponents.
News: Myers scored the overtime winner in Monday's victory over Vancouver, his fifth goal of the season.
Analysis: Myers has been a bit inconsistent this season but he's been showing flashes of the talent that earned him the Calder Trophy last season. Look for him to have some stretches of production, but also be aware that he may struggle too, as his minus-9 rating is less than desirable.
News: Myers scored and added two helpers Wednesday night as Buffalo earned a 5-4 shootout win over New Jersey.
Analysis: It was easily the best game of the season for Myers, who also posted a plus-3 after suffering through most of the early season with the worst plus-minus in the NHL.
News: Myers has gone five games without a point while posting a minus-3 in that span, as his nightmare sophomore season continues.
Analysis: There was a glimmer of hope two weeks ago for Myers, who scored three goals in four games. He has fallen right back down, and his minus-12 is dead last among all NHL defensemen.
News: Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is not considering using Myers as a healthy scratch just yet, despite a nightmare start to the season for the defending Calder Trophy winner, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: That this is even a consideration speaks volumes to just how bad Myers has been for Buffalo this season. Myers owners who headed into the season thinking they had a superstar defenseman now also have to contemplate putting him on their bench, if he is not there already.
News: Myers netted in Saturday night's 6-1 win over New Jersey.
Analysis: Myers has gotten his legs back under him after a very poor start to the season in Buffalo. Owners need to keep the faith in Myers, who should still be considered a top tier option on the blue line.
News: Myers scored his first goal of the year on Wednesday night as Buffalo defeated Atlanta 4-1.
Analysis: He's had a rough start to the year so hopefully this is the beginning of something good. Myers played over 23 minutes on Wednesday night and recorded five shots on goal and a minor penalty.
News: Myers was held off the scoresheet Saturday against Chicago. He has now gone five games without a point.
Analysis: He picked up a single helper in Buffalo's first game of the year but has been blanked ever since. And he's accumulated a minus-7 rating in those five games. A step backwards was almost inevitable in his sophomore season but this is more significant than even we expected. You may need to sit him until he can stabilize his game.
News: Myers, who has been paired up with Shaone Morrisonn in the team's first four games, will have to once again adjust to a new partner after Morrisonn injured his groin Wednesday night against New Jersey, WGR550.com reports.
Analysis: Myers, who was consistently paired with Henrik Tallinder last year, has had a tough go of things early on for the Sabres. The instability in the back won't help as he tries to avoid the sophomore slump.
News: Myers tallied two assists with the man advantage, logged nearly 25 minutes of ice time, earned four penalty minutes, and was a plus-two in Thursday's 5-3 preseason win over Montreal.
Analysis: It is very difficult to picture a sophomore slump in any way, shape or form for the defending Calder Cup winner. If he is not there already, Myers could become an elite level fantasy defenseman this year.
News: Myers (leg) came off the ice in obvious pain late in Tuesday's 2-1 preseason win over Ottawa.
Analysis: It does not seem to be serious, but the game did not receive a whole lot of media attention, so reports have been hard to come by. The picture should become more clear Wednesday when the team gets back to Buffalo for practice.
News: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers won the Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year. Myers won the award Wednesday at the NHL Awards ceremony, edging finalists Colorado center Matt Duchene and Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. "I was nervous for my speech," Myers said. "I can't believe I'm at this point right now, and to be able to share it with family and friends was a pretty special moment for me."
Analysis: Myers was one of four rookies to play all 82 games. He led the Sabres and all rookies by logging nearly 24 minutes of ice time per game. He was also first among rookies with 137 blocked shots, and third with 48 points. Myers set the new goal standard for rookie blueliners. Most rookie defensemen usually struggle to adjust to life in the NHL, but Myers broke the mold in 2009-10. He should be drafted as a No. 1 Fantasy blueliner in 2010-11. He has a bright future ahead.
News:Tyler Myers had a goal and set up Paul Gaustad's score to lift the surging Sabres to their sixth victory in seven games, 3-2 against the Boston Bruins on Monday night. Myers' goal tied the game at 1 at 9:56. He stole a clearing pass at the right point and fired a high shot that hit defenseman Dennis Wideman's arm and caromed by Tim Thomas. It was his 11th goal of the season.
Analysis: Myers has points in seven of his last eight games. He has two goals and seven assists in that span. He also has 13 points in his last 11 appearances. Myers has had unheard of success as a rookie blueliner and has set the bar high for the following classes. He has already become a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Sabres D Tyler Myers scored four points in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Stars. He scored his ninth goal of the season and assisted on three others. They were his first points in his last seven games.
Analysis: Myers has cooled down since January. Prior to Wednesday's four-point output, Myers had gone six games without a goal, 11 without an assist. He is playing like a No.3 Fantasy defenseman.
News: Buffalo D Tyler Myers was struck in the face by a shot with 43 seconds left in regulation and didn't return on Tuesday against the Bruins. The team said the defenseman, who had scored his eighth goal earlier in the evening, was fine after the game.
Analysis: Myers is setting new standards for first-year blueliners. The kid is already in the Sabres' top defensive pairing and has become a high-end Fantasy option only a few months into his hockey career.
News: Sabres D Tyler Myers tallied an assist and finished at even on Friday against the Bruins. He has one goal and four assists in his last seven games. He has 24 assists on the season.
Analysis: Fantasy owners have been waiting for Myers to hit a rookie wall since we have seen many first-year skaters endure prolonged slumps. But Myers appears to be breaking the mold. He is setting new standards for first-year blueliners. The kid is already in the Sabres' top defensive pairing and has become a high-end Fantasy option only a few months into his hockey career.
News: Sabres D Tyler Myers scored a goal and finished at plus-3 on Monday against the Coyotes. Buffalo, which hasn't lost a game in regulation since Dec. 23, scored just 2:37 in on Myers' slap shot from between the circles that slammed into the net to the right of Ilya Bryzgalov. It was Myers seventh goal and fourth in his last six games.
Analysis: Myers has really exceeded everyone's expectations as a rookie blueliner and the 6-8, 222-pounder doesn't appear as though he is going to slow down. The kid is already in the Sabres' top defensive pairing and has become a high-end Fantasy option only a few months into his hockey career.
News: Rookie defenseman Tyler Myers scored two of Buffalo's three power-play goals and assisted on the other in the Sabres' 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. The 19-year-old Myers, second among NHL rookies with 26 points, scored his fifth and sixth goals from close range against Vesa Toskala. On the first, which gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead with 2:21 remaining in the first period, Myers pinched in and took a nice cross-crease pass from Thomas Vanek. The second, 7 1/2 minutes into the second period, was similar, but Tim Connolly's shot drifted wide as Myers charged in for the tip.
Analysis: Myers became the first Sabres defenseman with a multigoal game since Jaroslav Spacek scored twice at Philadelphia last Feb. 19. Myers has three goals and four assists in his last six games. The 2008 first-round pick has been pretty consistent since making his NHL debut. He is on pace to have an even better rookie season than Drew Doughty, another 2008 first-round pick, had last season. That is saying a lot about Myers, who has become a decent Fantasy start.
News: Sabres D Tyler Myers tallied an assist and finished at even on Friday against the Thrashers. He has an assist in three straight games and 19 on the season.
Analysis: Buffalo came into training camp a little hesitant about what to expect from the 2008 first-round pick Myers. He was trying to make the jump from juniors to the NHL, which is usually a tough transition. But he had matured so much over the last year that he had a shot to make the roster. Not only did Myers make the team, but he prevented getting sent back to his junior club. Myers is improving with every game he plays and has 22 points in his first 40 games. He has developed into a nice No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy defenseman.
News: Sabres D Tyler Myers claimed a hat trick of assists in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: Myers had just two assists in his last eight games coming into Saturday, so the rookie hasn't been lighting it up lately. However, he's capable of putting up stats like this on occasion, so remains a solid starting option in deeper leagues.
News: The Sabres have announced that rookie D Tyler Myers will stick around in Buffalo past the 10 games that's required for the first year of his NHL contract to kick in.
Analysis: Myers has been superb so far this season and is currently worth a look in semi-deep formats. He appears to be a young star in the making.
News: Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder doesn't understand what the big mystery is regarding rookie teammate Tyler Myers' NHL future. If Sabres management insists it will take one more game to evaluate whether to keep Myers on the roster for the rest of the season, Tallinder doesn't need another minute of convincing. "He should play here," Tallinder said after practice Tuesday. "I'm really amazed with his poise with the puck. It's unbelievable for his age, 19. You don't see veteran guys have that." Tallinder then compared the 6-foot-8 Myers to another tall and established defenseman, 6-foot-9 Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. "Not even close. I still don't think Chara has the same movements as this kid has," Tallinder said. "It's scary how good he's going to be." Tell that to the Sabres braintrust. Though coach Lindy Ruff is quick to praise Myers for how well he's played eight games into the season, he won't commit to whether Myers will be on the team by the end of the week or returned to his Canadian junior team in Kelowna, British Columbia. The deadline comes after Buffalo plays at New Jersey on Wednesday, when Myers is expected to play his ninth game. And that's the timetable the Sabres are sticking with.
Analysis: Myers has been superb so far this season but until we know he's going to be around all year, his value remains highly limited. However, if the team chooses to keep him, Fantasy owners should jump on the young star in the making.
News: Sabres rookie D Tyler Myers scored his second NHL goal Wednesday in a win over the Panthers. He now has five points in his first seven NHL games and four in his last four.
Analysis: Myers has been superb so far this season and had the second-highest minutes among Sabres defensemen on Wednesday. Grab him in deeper leagues if you need blue-line help.
News: Buffalo D Tyler Myers netted the first goal of the game in Friday's 6-3 win over the Islanders. Myers recorded his first goal of the season in the 1st period. He also had a hand in the final goal of the game in the 3rd period as he assisted Jason Pominville. Myers finished plus-2 on the game.
Analysis: Myers, as a defender, already has four points on the season after five games. He's recorded an assist in three of his last four and is plus-six on the year thus far. Myers is a youngster who is trying to stick with the Sabres and has thus far done all they could ask. Consider Myers a rookie sleeper in Fantasy and hope his positive play continues.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Chris Butler noticed the effectiveness of the forwards covering the point. Tyler Myers instantly recognized the speed the opponents possess. As the Sabres' newest power-play point men, it's good that they're catching on quick. Butler, a second-year pro, and Myers, a 19-year-old rookie, are patrolling the blue line when the Sabres get the man advantage. Butler played the spot at the University of Denver, while Myers was a power-play focal point in juniors with Kelowna of the Western Hockey League. But it's their first shot in the NHL. "I'm very fortunate that they're giving me that opportunity," Myers said. "Obviously, I want to do well with it."
Analysis: The results, as expected, have been mixed. The Sabres are 2-for-18 on the power play and had an 0-for-12 drought. But they also have one game-winning goal to their credit. They figure they'll get more once Butler and Myers get acclimated to their role at hockey's highest level. "I've gotten more comfortable even in the last couple games," Butler said. "It translates into practice, where you're more comfortable, then you're trying to make plays instead of trying to make that safe play. I think that's something I'm going to try to do is make more plays back there ... and make sure I'm trying to get pucks to the net. It's a great opportunity. Now I just need to start taking advantage of it and basically generate more goals back there." It seems Myers is going to stick with the Sabres and not be returned to his junior club, so there is still work ahead for him and Butler, whom are being counted on to make up for the absence of Jaroslav Spacek. Consider both players just Fantasy sleepers for deeper formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Sabres D Tyler Myers, the 12th overall pick in the 2008 draft, made his NHL debut Saturday against the Canandiens. The 19-year-old became the 19th teenager to play on opening night in team history. He also became the tallest player in Sabres annals at 6-foot-8. Myers played 16:13, including 4:02 of short-handed time.
Analysis: The Sabres have been really impressed with Myers' rapid development and it seems the rookie will occupy a spot on the blue line for perhaps the rest of the season. Buffalo can still return him to his junior squad before he plays in his 10th game, if they want to save a season on his entry-level deal. But if Myers continues to prove his worth, he isn't going anywhere. Consider Myers a rookie sleeper in Fantasy.
News: After a stellar 2008-09 WHL, where he was named the league's playoff MVP, D Tyler Myers, Buffalo's top pick in the 2008 draft (12th overall), is on the Sabres' 23-man roster that was announced on Wednesday afternoon. "I came into camp telling myself that I'm going to compete as hard as I can for a spot on the team," Myers said.
Analysis: Myers is a great long-term Fantasy keeper, but he will be nothing more than a potential sleeper in deeper seasonal formats to begin with. Usually, rookie defensemen don't have great offensive success their first year in the NHL.
News:Tyler Myers is so tall, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff jokes that he keeps his skates on whenever he has a chat with the young defenseman. That way, Ruff can at least talk to Myers eye to chin. "I'm a little intimidated at times," Ruff said with a smile after the Sabres opened rookie training camp Tuesday. "He's a big man." The only thing bigger than the 6-foot-8 Myers might be the high expectations the Sabres have of the 2008 first-round draft pick who, at 19, is being given an opportunity to make the team this season. Ruff isn't making any guarantees, but there's considered to be at least one defensive spot up for grabs once Sabres veterans report to camp Saturday. What Ruff is sure of is how much attention Myers already has attracted after a celebrated Canadian junior hockey season last year. "You talk to other coaches, and the first player they ask about is, 'Is that Myers kid going to make the team?'" Ruff said. "That is something special when a player isn't on your team and you've got other teams or coaches asking about him. He's been noticed."
Analysis: After being drafted 12th overall by Buffalo, Myers went on to help Canada win the World Junior Championship title in January. In the spring, he played a key role in leading Kelowna to the Western Hockey League championship, during which Myers was named the WHL's playoff MVP after scoring 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 22 games. Myers also scored a career-high 42 points in 58 regular-season games while showing a gritty side to his style by registering 105 penalty minutes. Myers said without hesitation that he feels ready to play in the NHL, but added: "It doesn't really matter what I think. It's going to come down to what the coaches and scouts want to do with me." Myers signed a three-year entry level contract in May. Under NHL rules, the first year of Myers' contract won't kick in until he plays his 10th NHL game this season. If he doesn't make the Sabres or is demoted, he'll return to playing in Kelowna. Myers is a great long-term Fantasy keeper, but even if he makes the Sabres' roster, he will be nothing more than a potential sleeper in deeper formats. Usually, rookie defensemen don't have great offensive success their first year in the NHL.
News: The Buffalo Sabres signed D Tyler Myers to a three-year, entry-level contract on Monday. The 6-foot-8 Myers was Buffalo's top selection (12th overall) in the 2008 NHL entry draft. He was named the MVP of the Western Hockey League playoffs this past weekend, helping lead the Kelowna Rockets to the league title and a berth in the Canadian Hockey League's Memorial Cup championship. "He is a big, strong player who has excellent hockey skills for a 19-year old player," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said in a statement. "We're glad to have him signed and look forward to his continued development both on and off the ice."
Analysis: Myers posted a career-high 42 points in 58 games for the Rockets this season, and was a plus-31. He clearly has a great chance at making the Sabres roster for the 2009-10 season, but likely won't be worth drafting off the bat except in deeper leagues. He remains a solid keeper option, however.
News: Sabres defenseman prospect Tyler Myers had a goal, assist and plus-2 rating for Kelowna (WHL) during a 5-4 shootout loss to Chilliwack Friday. Myers has one goal and three assists in six January games since returning from helping Canada win gold at the World Junior Championships.
Analysis: Myers has had a productive season for Kelowna with five goals, 19 assists and a plus-9 rating in 33 games. He has improved his defense in the last year and is also getting better offensively. Buffalo took Myers 12th overall in the 2008 draft because of his hulking 6-6, 210-pound frame, but he is finally filling his entire game out. Myers is a good long-term Fantasy keeper, but we likely won't see him until 2009-10 at the earliest.