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MYERS READY TO WORK

Thursday, 10.29.2009 / 4:09 PM / Features
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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MYERS READY TO WORK
Tyler Myers (Photo: Getty Images)
Tyler Myers is officially here to stay.

Now, the rookie defenseman says, the real work will begin.

As the 19 year old fielded questions about his future with the Buffalo Sabres, following GM Darcy Regier’s announcement that he would in fact remain in the NHL, his answers were constant:

“I don’t want to get too comfortable,” he said.

Because while he has impressed the coaching staff with five points (including a pair of goals), a plus-eight rating and a game-winning shootout tally in his first nine professional contests, he knows that adversity will undoubtedly surface throughout the course of a year. And complacency does not fit into his game plan.

“A good season isn’t just nine games,” Head Coach Lindy Ruff agreed. “It’s a grind and it’s grueling.

“We’ve used the term that he’s a little bit beyond his maturity when it comes to the way he’s played on the ice. But he’ll have some down times and I think it’s being able to support him through those [ups and downs].”

As Ruff warns, things are only going to get harder for the blueliner as opponents learn his tendencies.

“Teams didn’t have a scouting report on him. Teams didn’t have a chance to watch him play,” Ruff said. “They’ll focus in on what he does now and that’s going to make it tougher. That’s where a lot of the adjustments come.

“We’ve got to keep that level of play there.”

While Myers will have help from the likes of former NHL defenseman James Patrick and veteran Craig Rivet, Regier said his best resource may be his attitude.

“He’s an even keel young man and that’s one of the things we really like about him,” he said. “Whether he’s getting on the bus or the plane after a game, you’d be hard pressed to whether he had a great game or a poor game. He realizes that it’s a long road and he looks at the opportunity to play and get better.”

Although he is staying, the Sabres still have the option to return Myers to his junior team, the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. As a 19 year old with junior eligibility left, Myers is not able to be assigned to the team’s AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.

When Myers suits up to play in his 10th NHL game this Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, his three-year entry level contract that he signed last May will begin.

The result, as Regier explained Thursday afternoon, is that Myers will become a restricted free agent one year earlier. If he remains on the roster for 40 games, he becomes an unrestricted free agent a year earlier, at the age of 26 years old rather than 27 years old.

“It’s a pretty big decision,” Regier said. “If we had returned him to junior, that three-year entry level contract would slide and it would begin next year. But that’s the decision we ended up making.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82