Tyler Myers‘ NHL career could easily be summed up by equating it to a roller coaster ride filled with lots of ups and downs as the ride continues on. Last night Tyler Myers laced up for his 300th career NHL game and boy did he bring his A-game for the landmark game.
During his 300th career game Myers netted two goals, including the tying goal with less than 30 seconds remaining in a 3-2 hockey
game. Myers becomes the first Buffalo Sabres defenceman to score two goals in a game since Alex Sulzer did it back in 2012 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, not bad for the gentle giant coming back from a controversial suspension.
Myers game has seemed different right from the get go this season. His confidence has slowly been returning and he is beginning to use his size to his advantage more and more, giving fans a shadow of his Calder winning season. Once Ted Nolan took over Myers only took his game a step further and has become an integral part of the Sabres blueline.
There were times in which fans wanted to write-off the Calder winning defenceman as a one-hit wonder demanding the Sabres trade him at the first offer they received and while his play certainly struggled Myers is not the type of young player you give up on.
For a lot of young defencemen who are to become staples on the blueline it takes roughly 5 season’s for them to hit their true NHL stride. They may have flashes of brilliance one season, then look like they have never been on skates the next; it’s the constant battle with a young defenceman.
This season is Tyler Myers 5th NHL season with the Buffalo Sabre’s and this should and has been the most telling season for Myers. He appears to have found his game this season and looks better every night he steps on the ice. One thing to watch as the season unfolds in the next week or two is Myers reaction to his suspension. One of the biggest worries was that his suspension would affect his physical play and throw him back into a downward spiral. So far the suspension hasn’t bothered him much, despite the fact he is the leading penalty taker for the Sabres.
Am I allowed to say Tyler Myers is back?!?! Amazing game to play for his 300th career game. #Sabres
— Brian Koziol (@BrianWGR) January 19, 2014
Myers has become one of the more reliable defenceman this season for the Sabres as the poor play falls to Mike Weber. Maybe what Myers was missing all along was the physical aspect, it sure is nice to see him heading up the ice with a full head of steam again.
Do you think Tyler Myers has found his game and is beginning to round into his game? Is Myers “back?”