Tyler Myers is a big guy. He stands at a towering 6’8″, 227 lbs, yet he has been playing nothing like it.
Until Friday, that is.
The Buffalo Sabres hosted the Boston Bruins, winning the second meeting of the season by a score of 4-2. After an absolutely miserable start to the 2013 campaign, Myers finally showcased the tremendous upside he possesses. Myers scored a goal in the contest, while also tallying an assist. The two points were his first since opening day where he lit the lamp. The towering blue-liner also finished the game with a plus-2 and two shots on net.
Myers was a healthy scratch over the last weekend, landing himself a spot in head coach Lindy Ruff’s doghouse. However, he has been clawing his way back out lately, returning to the first defensive pairing and logging over 20 minutes per contest.
When asked if Friday’s win was his best game of the season thus far, Myers stated that he liked what he saw.
“There was a lot of good things to take from it,” Myers said. “I think the most important thing is that it continues and not let this be a one-game thing.”
Coach Ruff also understands the importance of Myers presence in the Sabres lineup.
“We know what he can bring,” Ruff said. “I thought early on he had a big hit. When he’s skating and moving, he’s a tough man to keep track of and I thought his energy in the game was maybe as good as I’ve seen this year. So that’s a big plus for us because we know what he means on the offensive side for us.”
Despite the slow start, a big bounceback game like this is just what the fourth-year player needs to get his confidence back. When his head his in the right place and he is playing with confidence, he’s a very difficult man to stop.
I mean, just look at him.