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Under Pressure: Tyler Myers

Sep 20, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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“Under Pressure” is a preseason series we’ll be running on PHT. For each team in the NHL, we’ll pick one player, coach, GM, mascot or whatever that everyone will be watching closely this season. Feel free to play the song as you read along. Also feel free to go to the comment section and tell us we picked poorly.

For the Buffalo Sabres, we pick…defenseman Tyler Myers.

It’s only been three years, but it’s seems like ages since Myers was coming off a rookie-of-the-year season with the Buffalo Sabres. Heading into 2013-14, his goals are remarkably different compared to back then. Instead of trying to avoid a sophomore slump, he’s trying to avoid falling even further into the abyss.

That may sound overly dire, but mentally, Myers was a mess last season when he registered just eight points in 39 games.

“A lot of things went on last year that got in my head,” he admitted, per The Buffalo News. “It just goes back to the mental training side of it, of how you prevent yourself from heading downhill mentally instead of stopping that and making sure you stay at your peak. It’s confidence level and how you build that confidence.”

Not only does the big 23-year-old have a Calder Trophy to live up to, he also has six years left on a $38.5 million contract.

Myers has the size and talent to be a franchise defenseman, even a Hall of Fame one. However, his mental makeup, as well as his commitment to fitness, have been rightly questioned.

Prior to the summer, Sabres head coach Ron Rolston challenged Myers “to get himself prepared for being an elite defenseman.” And based on what Rolston said at camp, Myers accepted that challenge with enthusiasm.

“Mysie has had an unbelievable summer,” Rolston said. “Where he’s at and where he needs to go, I think his summer was dedicated to that and working in those areas. He’s gotten a lot stronger. He’s in really good shape, both physically and I think mentally. I think he’s going to play well.”

For all of our Under Pressure series, click here.

  1. buddysguys - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Mysie??? Really Mysie????….gotta be a better one than Mysie…..

    • mehetmet - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      The sabres are TERRIBLE with that. Seriously, listening to the players and coaches talk from the past few years you would think you were at a daycare. I hate it, personally.

    • bagjr387 - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      With a good beard….Sasquatch would work

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    While it’s easy to agree that Myers has all the physical talent in the world, to say he could “even (be) a hall of fame” defenseman is a huge stretch. I know the article wasn’t proclaiming him to be a future hall of famer, but Myers has a long way to go before even being considered an all-star level defender. And to suggest that he has hall of fame ability when he’s had one good NHL campaign is somewhat laughable. When I think HOF defensemen I think Lidstrom, Bourque, Niedermayer, and Pronger, not Tyler Myers.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      That’s exactly what went through my head when I heard HOF. He’s had one great season and has steadily declined since then. If he can get his head back in the game he’ll be real good again. Bringin tallinder back will I think really help him get his confidence and game back

  3. bagjr387 - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Give him the “C”.Nobody knows who the captain is, or should be……I think he would thrive in a leadership role…And its a little premature to talk about HOF for any player his age…

  4. bullwinkle88 - Sep 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    I think this kid is going to come back and be what he’s capable of being in this league.

    I’m picking him in all of my keeper fantasy leagues.

    • vanindeed - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      I agree. I’ve never seen a player that tall skate as well as Myers does

  5. bufffalojoe - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Are you kidding me… Give him a C? That’s been the problem with the sabres is we give anyone the C even guys who’ve never played a game with the sabres walk into the locker room and get a C automatically , we need a owner who’s not “attached” to the team as a fan and a coach who has confidence. I could care less if we have any guys wearing a C or A until one steps up and earns it. Kaleta is a better candidate for C then Myers!

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