When the Buffalo Sabres traded Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild at the trade deadline, it left a vacancy for the role of team captain. While the Sabres finished out the season without an official captain, new head coach Ron Rolston will be looking to put someone in the leadership role for the 2013-14 season. There aren’t many players up front who have been with the Sabres long-term and have the skills to be a good captain, so the Sabres may want to look to the blue line for their next player to wear the “C.”
Defenseman Tyler Myers is talented, young and signed for the long haul. Few other player on the team fit that criteria, and few log the kind of minutes Myers does. While he experienced a bit of an off year offensively and a late-season injury, Myers will be looking to bounce back next season and some added responsibility might help with his continued development. Teams across the league have been looking to go younger with their captains in recent years, and while Myers is only 23 he will be heading into his fifth season with the Sabres. He also has never racked up more than 40 penalty minutes over the course of a season.
Players like Steve Ott, Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe would all be great candidates for assistant captain spots, or if one of those players is chosen as captain maybe Myers gets a chance to wear the “A” for a few seasons. He managed only three goals and eight points in 39 games this season, but Myers seems poised to return to the form that saw him score 48 points as a rookie in 2009-10 and that can only help the Sabres as they try and rebuild and return to the postseason.