Sabres sign Myers

2008 first-round draft pick Tyler Myers has come to terms on a three-year entry level deal with the Sabres. Press release from the Sabres: “Tyler is having an outstanding year with the Kelowna Rockets,” said General Manager Darcy Regier. “This past weekend he led the Rockets to the Western Hockey League Championship where he was named playoff MVP. He is a big, strong player who has excellent hockey skills for a 19-year old player. We’re glad to have him signed and look forward to his continued development both on and off the ice.” Myers (6’8”, 215 lbs., 2/1/1990) is about to put the finishing touches on an incredible season, as his Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League have advanced to the Memorial Cup Championship that begins this week in Quebec. Myers played a huge role in the team’s postseason success, being named the WHL Playoff MVP by finishing with 20 points (5+15) and +13 in 22 games. This follows up a regular season where Myers scored a career-high 42 points (9+33) in 58 games for the Rockets, along with a +31 and 105 PIMs. The towering defenseman was also a key element of the Canadian team that won gold at the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa. Myers had one goal in seven games for Team Canada, and drew rave reviews for his smooth skating and puck-moving abilities. Myers also won gold with Team Canada at the 2008 Under-18 World Championship in Russia, and he captained Team Alberta to a bronze medal at the 2007 Canada Winter Games. Myers had 77 points (17+60) in 191 games for Kelowna from 2005-09, after being drafted 19th overall as a 15-year-old in the 2005 WHL Draft. Myers was born in Katy, TX, but his family moved to Alberta when he was 10 years old. He now makes his home in Calgary, AB.
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Chris
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Monday, May 11, 2009 ×

Little Zee. Go Tyler!

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Anonymous
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Monday, May 11, 2009 ×

great news, certainly not surprising. I'm sure the contract is very close to the rookie max and there doesn't appear to be much reason for tough negociation!

next year I feel he'll make the team. Why send him back to juniors? ?He's got nothing left to prove at that level.

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Anonymous
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Monday, May 11, 2009 ×

Did the sabres need to sign myers this offseason or lose his rights?

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Kris Baker
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Monday, May 11, 2009 ×

The Sabres would have held his rights for one more season.

krt - I too think Myers will be in Buffalo for. There will definitely be an adjustment curve, but I'm good if his development continues in Buffalo.

Worst case is you send him back to Kelowna when/if he needs to go back, regardless of the amount of games played (10/40 for live contract/year of service). I would at least hope that he gets back in time for World Juniors if he's not staying in the NHL.

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