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Tyler Myers has my vote for the Calder

Mar 10, 2010, 10:26 PM EST

Myers.jpgForget about Jimmy Howard, my vote — if I had one — is for Tyler
Myers for the Calder Trophy. The young defenseman simply dominated the
Dallas Stars tonight in the Sabres 5-3 win and if you haven’t had the
chance to see this young man play, then you need to find some way to do
so. Myers has carried over his dominance from last season with the
Kelowna Rockets, and it’s amazing to see a young player adjust to the
NHL so quickly.

Matt Duchene is the leader among all rookies in
scoring, but Myers — a defenseman — is not far behind. Even more
impressive is his plus-7 rating, but the numbers and the stats don’t
tell the whole story.

Myers is a player you have to watch to truly
be impressed by. His poise and his ability to read the ice are, dare I
say it, indicative of some of the best defensemen the NHL has seen over
the past 20 years. He’s a freakish combination of speed, scoring ability
and tremendous size — sort of a hybrid of Derian Hatcher and Nicklas
Lidstrom.

What’s scary is that he’s nowhere near the level of
defenseman he has the potential to be. He’ll only improve year after
year, and he still has some muscle and size to add to his already
impressive frame. It’s amazing he only went 12th overall in 2008.

I
know the popular opinion right now is that Jimmy Howard has the lock on
the Calder*, and if not he should. But what Tyler Myers is doing every
night in Buffalo is something that numbers and stats cannot quantify and
after a game like he had against Dallas, there should be no question
who deserves top rookie honors.

*Sporting News’ Craig Custance has informed me that most voters are with Myers, and not Howard. My point still stands, but it’s good to know that despite a late surge by Howard that voters are still sticking with the Sabres defenseman.

  1. Anonymous - Mar 11, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    WHAT!?!?!?! How can anyone pick Myers over Duchene?? The reason he is a +7? Look no further than the silver medalist goalie he has backing him up. If Myers wins, it will further my point that the mass media could give a CRAP less bout Western teams! If Duchene was in New York or Washington or Pittsburgh, everyone would be dubbing him the next Sidney Crosby! How can “experts” think that leading rookies in goals, powerplay goals and points on a team they picked to battling for the #1 overall is no big deal?! By not giving him serious consideration that’s what they are doing whether they realize it or not!

  2. Anonymous - Mar 11, 2010 at 1:56 AM

    How about the fact that he is playing on a shut down line against the top players in the league; i.e. Ovechkin, Crosby, etc. Yeah Miller’s good, but if you watch him night after night you’ll see that it’s not just Miller. The Defense keeps most of the shots to the outside and the top players don’t get many opportunities when Meyers is on the ice.
    Plus, he’s right behind Duchene for points and leading rookies in assists. His skating prowess is better than most people in the league and he’s probably one of the top defense man in the entire league. That’s why he should win the Calder. Not another scoring forward. How often does someone like this guy come along?

  3. Bill C. - Mar 11, 2010 at 4:38 AM

    I thought Myers played terrible in the 3rd period against ther Rangers the other day. Was responsible for the late game tying goal.

  4. Mike - Mar 11, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Myers plays with the poise of a 12-year veteran and has incredible speed for such a big man. He has great vision, great hands, and rarely makes a bad play with the puck. When he does, he recovers quickly and learns from his mistakes. In short, he does things on a nightly basis that no 19-year-old (now 20) has any business doing, and numbers don’t show you that.

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