If the win wasn’t enough for you, Tyler Myers continues to show Buffalo Sabres fans why he is emerging as one of the best defenseman in the league. While growing out of his sophmore slump from last season, and growing into his 6’8″ frame – Tyler Myers is becoming a force to be reckon with.
In a season where he had his first NHL fight, the third year pro has stepped into a role once filled by former teammate Paul Gaustad. While we may never see Myers drop his gloves with the frequency of Andrew Peters, he is showing opponents that he is not afraid to use his size and power to beat you in more ways than one.
Against the Montreal Canadiens, he used his power to blast an overtime winner into the net from beyond the dots. Against Anaheim he tussled and fought for the first time. Tonight – he wrestled with the New York Rangers and body slammed when things got a little too close for comfort with Ryan Miller. The Rangers almost had things tied back at two, except the play went dead for goalie interference (or a hand pass – if you want the real ruling). Myers tussled to the ground and almost took of Dubinski’s head on the way down.
The Buffalo Sabres needed Tyler Myers to recover from a sophomoric slump in his third season, and just may have gotten that big angry, mean defenseman they have been searching for.