Rockets fall to Windsor; Myers named All-Tourney

Congratulations to the Windsor Spitfires for winning the 2009 Mastercard Memorial Cup thanks to their 4-1 victory over the Kelowna Rockets on Sunday. The Spits found net on their first three shots before the first TV timeout, and held on over the final 53:00 to bring the Cup to Windsor for the first time in team history. With junior hockey's final game of the season in the books, so too is the busiest 14 months in the career of Rockets dman Tyler Myers. The 6'8 defenseman scored the first goal of the tournament and added three assists in three round robin games before finishing -1 in the final. Steady with the puck and tough to get around throughout, Myers, who was also named WHL Playoff MVP, was named to the tournament all-star team in a nice ramp-up for NHL duty in 2009-10. But first the dust must settle on what was a long 2008-09 for Myers. First round exit from the 2008 WHL playoffs last March... Off to Russia two weeks later to skate for Canada at the U18s... To Toronto for NHL Combine in late May... Drafted by Buffalo in June... Prospect camp at Niagara U in July... Team Canada Development Camp a couple weeks after... Off to Kelowna's camp in August... Then to his first Sabres training camp and preseason appearance... Back to Kelowna for the season grind... Off to Ottawa to tryout for Team Canada... Wins U20 World Junior Gold... January comes, and Myers the prospect becomes Myers the more confident beast as a result of his one goal, +5 outing at the WJC's. Still 18 years old, he had played 27 WHL games leading up to IIHF tourney, racking up a respectable four goals, 16 assists, and a +9 rating. In his next 53 games including the WHL playoffs, the right-side anchor kept pace with 10 goals and 32 assists, all the while improving his even strength effectiveness with a remarkable +35 rating. In all, the exhausted Myers played a total of 90 games that counted in the standings in 2008-09. There may never be another calendar year as grueling as this one. May Myers enjoy his accomplishments and get some well-deserved rest.
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Anonymous
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Monday, May 25, 2009 ×

great article

any news on paul byron
he needs a contract soon

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Anonymous
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Monday, May 25, 2009 ×

Getting concerned about Byron not being signed yet. Com'on Sabres, get with it!

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 ×

byron would be a waste of money!

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 ×

Are you kidding me? Paul Byron 99 pts in 64 games. And a Center to boot, a position Sabres are in great need of. Sign him Darcy!

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 ×

Byron a waste ok?????????? the kid had 99pts

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Anonymous
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 ×

Portland has vacancies. The Sabres have had vancancies at center for 2 years now. Don't let him slip through the cracks.

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doug
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 ×

byron to frail too small, not nhl material!!

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Anonymous
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 ×

doug too small he is like 5'10 179 .. let me give you a list of players Ray Whitney, Mike Ribeiro, Pierre-Marc Bouchard,Paul Kariya, Daniel Briere,. Patrick Kane, Brian Gionta,Martin St. Louis,Zach Parise, Marc Savard,Mark Recchi,Chris Drury,Sean Avery,Jason Blake,Slava Kozlov,Etc ... most are 5"9-5'10 sooooooo ????

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 ×

Kris Versteeg 5"10
Mike Cammalleri 5"9
Jiri Hudler 5'9
Todd Marchant 5"10
Bryan Little 5"10
Todd White 5"10
Tobias Enstrom 5"10
Andrew Ference 5'10
Daymond Langkow 5"10
Darcy Tucker 5'10
Joe Sakic 5"10
John-Michael Liles 5"10
Marek Svatos 5'10
Brendan Morrison 5'11
Brenden Morrow 5'10
Pavel Datsyuk 5'10
Kris Draper 5'10
Henrik Zetterberg 5'11
Patrick O'Sullivan 5'10
Sam Gagner 5'11
Andrew Cogliano 5'10
Pierre-Marc Bouchard 5'10
Marek Zidlicky 5'11
Saku Koivu 5'10
Doug Weight 5'10
Sidney Crosby 5'11
Dan Boyle 5'10
Andy McDonald 5'10
T.J. Oshie 5'10

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 ×

The problem I would have with not signing Byron is that he is unlike Breault where consistency was an issue. Sure he's on the smaller side but he was thinner than Miller when we drafted him, and he's bulked up pretty well (around 30 lbs) and was one of the most productive amongst our prospects. So if size is the reason we don't sign him, Darcy & the scouting department should have thought about it more carefully before they started drafting so many sub-six footers. I'll tell ya if he does get signed and goes to Portland, they'll really have some speed next year. I would worry though that we have one too many sub-six footers

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 ×

Good list. They are all spread out so how would you feel if a good portion of them where all centered on one team?

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