When the Sabres traded Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues, it left a huge void in terms of leadership. Tyler Myers, in his fifth season in the National Hockey League, was expected to assume a leadership role on the team.
Instead, Myers suffered through an injury marred season that saw him play in only 62 games, scoring nine goals and adding 13 assists, for a total of 22 points. Myers had a plus/minus of -26, and he had 58 penalty minutes.
"As soon as Coach Nolan came in, my first meeting with him, hearing him say, "Go out there," – 'I don't want to say he encouraged me to make mistakes, but basically, "Don't worry about it if you do," said Myers.
As the Sabres losses and injuries mounted, Myers served as an alternate captain on a few occasions, and he relishes the opportunity to lead in the future.
"I've done a lot of work mentally on how to approach things, how to handle things," Myers said.
The Sabres will be counting on Myers to return to the Calder-winning season of 2009-2010. The team is undeniably rebuilding, but Myers is a key piece to the future.
"It's all going to come down to not only the defense corps coming together, and working together, but we have to start creating a belief system that we didn't start this season with," said Myers.
The future for the Sabres is intricately tied to the develop of their key prospects, and the return to form of the veterans currently on the team. The makeup of the roster is yet to be determined, but fans and the City of Buffalo are both eager to see winning results.
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