Juniors returned; Myers remains

As expected, the Sabres today announced the return of eight players to their CHL clubs. Kelowna Rockets defenseman Tyler Myers will however remain with the Sabres as they ready themselves for a pre-season match-up this evening with the Montreal Canadiens. Look for the 6'8 defenseman to get into the lineup, as this should be viewed as a signal from the team that they want to see what the 18-year old can do with live bullets before sending him back to the WHL. From the Sabres:
BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 23, 2008) --- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the team has returned the following eight players to their respective junior clubs: forwards Luke Adam (St. John’s, QMJHL), Paul Byron (Gatineau, QMJHL), Tyler Ennis (Medicine Hat WHL) and Jacob Lagace (Chicoutimi, QMJHL); defensemen T.J. Brennan (St. John’s, QMJHL), Nick Crawford (Saginaw, OHL), Drew Schiestel (Niagara, OHL) and Jordon Southorn (Prince Edward Island, QMJHL). This leaves the Sabres with 49 players still in training camp.
As a side note, this author wonders if Lindy Ruff wants to get another look at Marek Zagrapan and Philip Gogulla this evening. Zagrapan looks poised to further his camp statement, and the club will benefit from as many views of Gogulla as possible given his contract situation with Cologne of the DEL. How the two react in a back-to-back setting can start to frame in their utility moving forward. Other prospects expected to dress tonight include forward Nathan Gerbe and defenseman Chris Butler.
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Anonymous
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008 ×

Interesting to see people on other boards counting this as a failure by these kids, but this is further from the truth.

Unsigned and able to gain more playing time in their respective leagues is what it is all about.

Myers, not sure why he is staying?

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Kris Baker
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008 ×

That's discouraging. The players who were returned are 18 and 19 years of age with a commitment to their Jr. clubs. I hope the people you're referring to realize that just about all of the current Sabres were also returned to juniors when they were the same age, and that Gerbe, Butler, and Kennedy are all at least 21.

Myers...Showcasing him as much as possible could further his take-home experience in addition to bettering his chances with the Canadian team for the WJCs. Does he have the umph to last a few games into the NHL season? Perhaps, but I doubt it happens. Either way, the team clearly has high hopes for him.

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008 ×

I AGREE BAKES

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Chainshot
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 ×

How on Earth could anyone view that as a failure? The change in the camp structure has these kids in for a week and then back to their club teams -- just as it always has. The intriguing item that Myers is still up should be generating more conversation -- Ruff has had very few guys stick like that in his years as coach and those who have (Pominville honestly is the only one I can think of, so more of a "the one who has") turned out ok.

Feel free to add my ire to anyone dumping on the lads, anon 7:44.

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Anonymous
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Thursday, September 25, 2008 ×

I'M WONDERING IF MANAGEMENT WANTS FANS TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE IN FOR IF MYERS PLAYS THIS WEEKEND AT HOME. IT WOULDN'T HURT FOR HIM TO GET AN EARLY NHL EXPERIENCE BY PLAYING IN A GAME OR TWO THIS PRESEASON. NICE TREAT FOR FANS...I DONT HOW ANYONE COULD DUMP ON THE YOUNG GUYS BECAUSE SENDING THEM BACK TO JUNIORS IS THE WAY IT GOES, EVERYONE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THIS. NOW, WE OF COURSE FOCUS ON PROSPECTS UNDER CONTRACT.

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Anonymous
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Thursday, September 25, 2008 ×

***DONT KNOW HOW

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Anonymous
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Thursday, September 25, 2008 ×

The coaches could also want to get a jump start on getting Myers into better (thicker) shape.

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