There is little doubt that Tyler Myers game has been significantly better this season and even better under Ted Nolan. He has gotten his confidence back, is using his size to his advantage, has stopped taking so many penalties and is once again joining in the rush and putting up points. It’s quite refreshing to see Myers re-find his game from his Calder winning rookie season once again.
But I think the Buffalo Sabres need to try an experiment out with Tyler Myers by moving the 6 foot 8 defenceman to offence for a couple of games. He has the size, strength, speed and the shot to be effective putting up points on offence. They’ve used John Scott on both offence and defence this season and it worked out just fine, so why not try putting Myers as a winger?
Myers sits second in defencive scoring for the Sabres with 3 goals and 7 assists. He has a nack for offence and the Buffalo Sabres should try him out at forward for a couple of games, what do they have to lose? It’s not like the Sabres are challenging for a playoff spot and it’s not like Myers is about to win the Norris trophy.
Play him at wing for a few games, let him know it’s just for fun and you’re not expecting too much and plant his big body in front of the net on the power play. He averages nearly 20 minutes a night and would have the stamina to compete and would be pretty deadly against in the corners.
Of course Myers is a very mental hockey player, once something is in his head it is very difficult for him to move- hence why he’s had trouble rebounding from his Calder winning season. If you move him to offence and he doesn’t do well, will that stick with him and effect his defencive game? Will his mind be stuck on offence once the move is done?
What do you think, should the Buffalo Sabres try defenceman Tyler Myers at forward for a couple of games to reward him for his strong play and to see if it could be something going forward? How do you think Myers would fare as a forward? He obviously wouldn’t get shoved around. Vote in the poll and then comment below your thoughts on the move.