(Born February 1, 1990) -- When the Buffalo Sabres went up against such big defensemen as Zdeno Chara, Sabres fans were known to mumble something along the lines of “why can’t we get someone like that?”
And then the Sabres did exactly that.
Myers grew up in Calgary and played junior hockey in Kelowna of the Western Hockey League. His size and mobility attracted the attention of pro scouts, including those from the Sabres. Buffalo gave up a third-round pick to move up to 12th in the first round to grab the 6-foot-8 Myers.
After one more year in junior hockey, Myers joined the Sabres. He wasted little time to prove he belonged in the NHL, scoring his first NHL goal against former Sabre goalie Dwayne Roloson. By the end of the 2009-10 season, Myers had 48 points and went on to be named the Calder Trophy winner as the league’s best rookie.
Myers had another good season in 2010-11, with 37 points. The Sabres were convinced that he was part of the team’s long-term future, and signed him to a seven-year, $38.5-million contract.
The defenseman was only able to play in 55 games last season due to injury. When the lockout came this season, Myers headed to Austria to stay in game shape.
--- Budd Bailey