Myers sharp in opener

At the Memorial Cup in Rimouski, recently-inked Tyler Myers had a goal, two assists, and a game-high +3 as Kelowna defeated the host Oceanic, 4-1. His #2 star effort from the back end anchored a dominant Rockets attack as the two clubs opened the 91st gathering of Canadian junior's best. The towering defenseman started things off with his even strength goal at 6:33 of the first period. Myers skated around a forward before snapping a 30-foot wrister against the grain through traffic to beat Maxime Gougeon just inside the short-side pipe. The Rockets brought the heat early, firing 14 of the game's first 16 shots. At 4:33 of period two, Myers set-up the eventual game winner when his power play one-timer pinballed off Marc-Andre Bourdon's skate to a waiting Jamie Benn. The game's #1 star, Benn matched Myers with a goal and two assists. Just 1:19 later, Myers would draw an assist as Ian Duval settled a beautiful saucer pass from Mikael Backlund on the fly and roofed the puck over Gougeon's left shoulder. The Oceanic goalkeeper was busy all night, stopping 38 shots in defeat to earn the #3 star. The Nics were rusty after not playing since April 22, and facing a shutdown player like Myers didn't help their cause. The blueliner was playing the body, disrupting shots and flow with his supreme reach, and finding teammates and shooting lanes seemingly on every shift. Strong and cool, it was pleasant to see a Sabres property dump an oncoming checker with a forearm shiver after making a play like he did in the first period. In the third, he enjoyed a post-whistle Greco-Roman session with 6'5 Keven Veilleux to earn offsetting roughing minors, after which he politely declined the invitation to "go" with the frustrated Nics forward. A steady controlling presence, it's Myers' mobility that makes him a special player to watch. Midway through the second period, he retrieved a puck behind his net and galloped past everyone down the left side into the Nics end. You just don't see 6'8 skaters as fleeting as the WHL playoff MVP is. Those catching the 19-year old this evening for the first time on national television should probably get used to it.
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Mike H.
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Saturday, May 16, 2009 ×

He definitely looked solid and poised for the big game situation. The one negative I noticed about him is that his lateral movement in his own end looks a big slow. Almost seems like he knows the speed of the forwards he is facing and doesn't hurry to put himself into position to disrupt them. He may face an adjustment in the pro game where the forwards are quicker.

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Anonymous
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Saturday, May 16, 2009 ×

He's fun to watch, and it was awesome to hear the announcers talk about him the way they did. They seemed so amazed by the way he plays both offensively and defensively. I like how in the 3rd period they said they don't see him playing anywhere but the NHL next year; how some say he is going to be the best amongst Shea Weber and Luke Schenn; and how Buffalo has a real prize and how he isn't giving Buffalo much choice but to bring him in next year despite their normal habits of not rushing their young players. Funny direct quote during a 2nd period powerplay to keep the puck in, "Yeah that reach... he took that puck from the parking lot and brought it back."

I think until he gains a little more weight and then realizes he can push around anybody, he's in his own little category right now and can't be compared to anybody. He's gonna be like the perfect breed though, Bouwmeester-like offense mixed with Chara-like defense, hopefully he adds Pronger-like toughness.

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Anonymous
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Saturday, May 16, 2009 ×

As I watch him, it's obvious he hasn't started to fill out. He's still so tall and lean. I could easily see him topping out at 235-240 pounds.

Tyler certainly understands how to use his size and his all around game is so exciting to watch! The Shea Weber/Luke Schenn comment was great but I'd hope he's more like Weber, who is a stud!

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Anonymous
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Monday, May 18, 2009 ×

The person doing the scoring in that game was horrible. He reversed primary and secondary assists on the goals and on the Duval goal, Myers was not the only assist, It was Mikael Backlund with the sweet pass to Duval to spring him. Myers should have ended up with a goal and an assist. Still a hell of a night for the guy.

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Kris Baker
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Monday, May 18, 2009 ×

6:53 - If you go back and watch the play again, I'm not even sure Myers touched the puck at all on the Duval goal. It went around the net, he chased but did not touch, before a miscue by an Oceanic forward popped it to Backlund.

Should be a good one tonight.

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Anonymous
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Monday, May 18, 2009 ×

All the Sabres fans can only hope and pray this kid becomes the lockdown #1 dman Buffalo has lacked for oh so many years. I will give him plenty of time even if he does skate for the Sabres next year. Butler, Weber, Sekera(if he gets his head on right) and Myers...the hope of the Sabres near future.

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