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STILL GROWING

Tyler Myers spent the summer making himself stronger physically and mentally

Friday, 09.13.2013 / 2:30 PM / News
By Chris Ryndak  - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak)
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STILL GROWING
The Buffalo Sabres biggest defenseman is ready to take another giant step. Tyler Myers spent the summer improving not only physically, but mentally as well.
Tyler Myers

The Buffalo Sabres biggest defenseman is ready to take another giant step.

Tyler Myers spent the summer improving not only physically, but mentally as well. Now that training camp is underway, Myers believes that his offseason preparation has served him well.

“This is one of the best [times] I’ve felt coming into camp,” the 6-foot-8 defenseman said after practice at First Niagara Center on Friday. “A lot of that had to do with making sure I came back to Buffalo a couple times this summer and training with the guys. It’s always good to get a group together and train off of each other. You get a nice push off each other, almost trying to beat each other in everything.”

Myers, 23, spent about four weeks in Buffalo over the summer and took one of the team’s strength and conditioning interns with him back to his home in Kelowna, British Columbia for a few weeks to train.

That was a change for Myers, as was the in-depth mental training he began to partake in. Myers, who is entering his fifth NHL season, looked to have a productive offseason after a 2012-13 campaign he admits was disappointing. In 39 games last season, Myers recorded eight points (3+5) and missed the final seven games of the year due to a broken bone in his leg.

“You have a year like you did last year, you want to change some things,” he said. “I’ll be the first to say that’s on me as a player last year. 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 until that first game and continuing that throughout the season.”

Coach Ron Rolston currently has Myers paired with Christian Ehrhoff in training camp. In 2009-10, Myers’ Calder Trophy-winning rookie season, he skated alongside Henrik Tallinder, who is back with the team after spending three seasons with the Devils.

Tallinder preached patience when it comes to Myers.

“I think Tyler is an exceptional young man and player. When he came in his first year, I’ve never seen a guy that talented or that good at that age, or very few that I’ve played with at least,” Tallinder said. “…He’s going to be an exceptionally good player still. Just give him some time and let him play. He’ll be good.”

Myers understands that while he may be done growing physically, he can still mature mentally and emotionally. He also said that he’s found a comfort level in the locker room where he’s no longer hesitant to speak up when something needs to be said.

“I’m sure I’ll be growing for the next, you know, 15 years of my career. I‘m sure Sidney Crosby has growing to do each year,” he said.

“It’s just a matter of making sure you get better at picking up what situation it is and what opportunity you have in that situation to figure out how to handle it. It’s every day any every day thing. It’s not ‘take a day off and hope you get it the next day.’ It’s improving every day.”

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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