When the Buffalo Sabres drafted Tyler Myers with the 12th pick in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft. Broadcaster and analysis were high on the former WHL Kelowna Rockets star. Saying he would bring a bigger force into the Sabres Defense pairings. He started on a huge roll in 2009 posting 11 goals, 37 assists and 48 points, giving him the Calder Cup Trophy as the league's top rookie overall. The future was bright and well paved for Myers to be a pretty good young stud, and the Sabres felt secure picking him in the draft. For a team that needed a reboost on D, Myers seemed at the time like a bright star in a good young Buffalo squad.
Then after a pretty solid 2010-2011 campaign where he tallied 10 goals, 27 assists, and 37 points. Darcy Regier wasted no time signing Myers to an enormous $38 million 7 year deal that shocked a lot of hockey people, including me, who felt that it was way too early for a young player to sign that much money for that long.
Since signing that master contract Tyler Myers has fallen off the microscope.After two solid years his numbers have dipped considerably. Posting 8 goals, 15 assists and 23 points, while posting a bad -7.17 Corsi On and more Penstaken/60 than given . His confidence looked shot and did not look comfortable on the ice like he used to be back in 2010 and 2009. His constance mistakes were a big reason the Sabres missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003-04 season where they finished 9th place.
Then the lockout shortened 2012-2013 season began and Myers continued his terrible time as he struggled to find his way after spending months not on an NHL rink. Countless turnovers and miscues led Myers to get some heated criticizers from both media, bloggers and fans. He posted a career low 3 goals, 5 assists and 8 points, while having a -8.90 Corsi On, and a Penstaken/60 of 1.0 to his Pensdrawn/60 of 0.4, before he got injured due to a broken bone in his leg that saw him miss the remainder of the season. With the Sabres having a disappointing season being in 11th place in the East ,after many had them bouncing back and being one of the elite teams in the NHL, having Myers struggling and not playing up to his seven year deal things were tough and not working well.
The Sabres are not completely out of it, yet many do not see this team making the playoffs or even going far if they do after what has happened. With a possible rebuild on the rise the Sabres are looking in a different direction, even trading talented forward Jason Pomminville to the Wild and getting two prospects back. I hope either two things happen, 1) Myers starts playing better, or 2) seeing Myers put on waivers or even possibly traded during the off-season.
I am starting to loose faith in Myers, but having that uber contract makes it hard to move him anywhere else. The team is not going to be a playoff contending team for a while, and are the youngest team in the league, and looking like they are going to move pieces like Thomas Vanek, and hopefully Drew Stafford, while developing young talents like Marcus Foligno and Kevin Porter. Who knows where Myers fits in with the " new team". Especially with them getting top prospect Johan Larsson and goalie Matt Hackett from the Wild. Myers's new contract might be a long and hefty 7 year 38 million, but the Sabres might not have enough time to deal with Tyler Myers's mishaps and lack of production. Maybe trade him to a contending team, or a team that can give back some prospects to the next draft.
With some hopes the Sabres get a new GM I hope that Myers is not with the team come next year. Yet, knowing this team, and his contract, that will be close to impossible to do. So maybe, send him to the Rochester Americans down in the AHL for some improvements on his game. Right now, he does not look like a first round pick that is getting paid 38 million over 7 years. This guy has to figure it out, and quick, Sabres fans are not patient people.