Tyler Myers has had his ups and downs for the Buffalo Sabres.
He won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie when he broke onto the scene, but has struggled every season since. Myers will hope to bring his game to the next level this upcoming season, and the Sabres would be thrilled if he did.
Myers has endured a lot since winning the Calder Trophy his rookie season. He struggled his second season, and Lindy Ruff tried his tough love approach to help him work through his struggles. When Ruff was fired, Ron Rolston took the helm, and nearly ruined Myers' career. Rolston expected Myers to be a stay-at-home defenseman, instead of the free-wheeling player that he can be.
It was evident that Myers despised playing for Rolston. In interviews, he seemed almost choked up, as if he was holding back tears. Almost in a depressive state. However, when Rolston was let go, and Ted Nolan was hired, the impact on Myers was immediate. His attitude went from somber to energetic. Myers was excited to play hockey again, and toward the end of last season, he began to pick his game up. He suffered an injury that ended his season, but still, the foundation seems to be there, and Myers appears ready to reach his full potential.
Myers now has the confidence that he can make mistakes, and learn from them, without getting chewed out by a coach who has no business running an NHL team. Nolan knows how to coach him, and the two are excited to work together this season. Myers will be a veteran presence for Buffalo this year, and Nolan will look to him to log the big minutes on the blue line. Myers will gladly accept that responsibility.
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