Last Thursday Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers suffered an injury that ended his disappointing 2013 season. After blocking a shot with his leg, it was revealed after the game, Myers broke the bone he blocked the shot with.
Since signing his monster seven year, $38.5 million deal (with a $10 million signing bonus), Myers has struggled greatly with a combined minus 3 and accumulating a mere 31 points in 94 games the past two seasons. The biggest knock on Myers this year, was his horrendous defensive zone play. Whether he was turning over the puck, or making poor breakout passes, Myers was a wreck in his own end.
In the two games without Myers, the Sabres defensive unit has looked strong and stable only surrendering one goal, while limiting opposing teams grade A opportunities. With some recent success of late, one cannot help but think, are the Buffalo Sabres better off without Tyler Myers?
Other then Christian Ehrhoff and Andrej Sekera, the Sabres have no locks for their 2013-2014 defensive core. One would assume UFAs Adam Pardy and Alexander Sulzer will be brought back at the right price. Mike Weber who is an RFA come seasons end, should be back with the team as well. Although Weber won’t provide much offense, he is physical every shift after shift, and continues to excel at shot blocking, which is just what the Sabres need.
The Buffalo Sabres have a bright future when it comes defense. 2010 first rounder Mark Pysyk has done a fine job in his 14 games with the team. Pysyk is a good puck moving defenseman, and there is no reason to believe he won’t be with the Sabres next season. If it wasn’t for a recent injury, Brayden McNabb would probably be up with the team. McNabb’s size, physical play and offensive ability will be vital for the Sabres next season. Captain of this past USA World Juniors team, Jake McCabe is probably still a year away from playing in the big leagues. The Wisconsin product has all the tools to be a top four defenseman in the NHL. It won’t be too long before we will be hearing his name up with the club.
The Buffalo Sabres have an abundance of young talent on the blue line. With the offseason vastly approaching, GM Darcy Regier may be a busy man. With so many assets on the back end, one cannot help to ponder the question: does Tyler Myers have a future with the Buffalo Sabres?