Tyler Myers: 2010-2011 Report Card

It's time to put the finishing touches on the 2010-2011 season for the Buffalo Sabres. Here is a complete report card of every single player that played any amount of time with the Sabres this season. The journey began with Luke Adam and will conclude in a month with Mike Weber. Thanks to Japers Rink and Mile High Hockey for the inspiration.

Step right up Tyler Myers.


Tyler Myers

#57 / Defenseman / Buffalo Sabres

6-8

227

Feb 01, 1990

Contract Situation: One year remaining on entry level deal, in which he earns $875,000

2010 Grade: A



2011 Statistics GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT

Regular Season

Postseason

80

7

10

1

27

5

37

6

0

-4

40

16

3

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

122

9

8.2

11.1


Lowdown: Tyler Myers arm wrestled with the sophomore slump all season and over the first half of the campaign, he was losing the battle. Short on points and struggling to prevent goals against in even strength shifts, the 21-year-old atoned for his loose play: he averaged a point every other game, pulled himself from a minus-13 to an even rating and was unforgiving to forwards. That final characteristic is the most crucial, as Myers made opponents pay the price for their space and seemed to relish a spot in scrums. At a point of his career that suffocated plenty of his predecessors when they were second-year players, Myers bent, but he did not break down.

Key Stat: While his pundits had their criticism ready early, Myers was depositing game-winners and fending off a full meltdown. Five game-winners co-led the team, two of them coming in overtime, as the defenseman put the nail in Atlanta, New Jersey, Vancouver, Long Island, and Florida's coffins.

Did You Know? Myers was one of the top hitters for Buffalo in the postseason, colliding with an opponent 20 times. That's what has supporters excited for the future years of his game, as he's not bothering to bide his time before finding the sandpaper factor. And he's still not finished with his growth in size. Imagine that.

Moment Of Fame: In February, Myers turned in a coast-to-coast rush against the Florida Panthers and wired an overtime winner with five seconds left to spare on the clock. Painful for the home side to lose it so late, but the Sabres were obviously euphoric; however, I think the shootout would have been a win for Buffalo if it came to that.

Moment Of Shame: Was on the ice for all of the Nashville Predators' goals in a March contest. The story was all too familiar: Buffalo led 3-1 late in the third period and Blake Geoffrion scored twice to notch his first career hat-trick. Martin Erat put the finishing touch on the comeback in sudden death, as Myers finished to the tune of a minus-3 rating.

Thumbs Up: Behind Marc-Andre Gragnani, Myers was the second-best player in the postseason offensively. Go figure, two rearguards leading the club in playoff scoring. Averaged nearly 24 minutes of ice time in the series with Philadelphia and showed the Flyers what bullying constitutes. Understood the postseason better this year after gaining experience in the first round of 2010 and was not overawed. Blocked 98 shots during the campaign (fourth most) and despite his fast struggles, led the back line in production again. Scored a few meaningful tallies, as we made mention of already. Was clearly re-born in the New Year with the entirety of the roster, whereas his fellow sophomore defenseman Michael Del Zotto crashed and burned.

Thumbs Down: Has to get a grip on his giveaways because he handed the puck over on 67 occasions in the regular season and nine more through the playoffs—both a team worst statistic. Continuing with his postseason numbers, Myers was a minus-4 and sat in the penalty box for 16 minutes, which devastatingly hurt their chances because he's a monstrous penalty-killer. While his aggression is a welcoming feature, he should control himself and carefully choose his moments to avoid unnecessary infractions. Feels the urge to skate up the ice a lot and use his teammates as decoys, but that may end in lost possession—no worse feeling for a defenseman than being trapped in deep.

Voting: On a scale of one to ten, one being the lowest and ten being the highest, grade Tyler Myers on his season according to the expectations you had for him. If he met them, give him a five or a six. If he eclipsed them, aim for a seven or beyond. If he failed to meet them, give him a lower number relating to how poorly he missed the target.

Topics Of Discussion: Will you remember Tyler Myers' second season more for the early troubles or the great conclusion? Who does he appear most comfortable with as a defensive partner? Can he be in the discussion for a Norris Trophy in the near future? Will he surpass 40 points next year or perhaps 50 points?

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