Buffalo Sabres Sign Top Prospect Tyler Myers To NHL Entry-Level Deal

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Buffalo Sabres Sign Top Prospect Tyler Myers To NHL Entry-Level Deal
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The Buffalo Sabres have announced today they have signed 2008 first-round draft pick,  and current Kelowna Rockets defenseman, Tyler Myers, to a three-year NHL entry-level contract.

The 6-foot-8 defenseman was recently named the Western Hockey League's Playoff MVP, as his Kelowna Rockets have advanced to the Memorial Cup Championship. Myers contributed with 20 points (5G-15A) in 22 games this postseason.

He is coming off a career-best year in the WHL where he posted 42 points (9G-33A) in 58 games, along with a +31 plus-minus rating and 105 penalty minutes.

Myers showed great potential this past winter for the Canadian junior team, who won the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa. Myers had one goal in seven games.

The Katy, Texas native--who currently resides in Calgary, AB-- has accumulated 77 points (17G-60A) in 191 games for the Rockets from 2005-2009. He was drafted 19th overall in the 2005 WHL draft at the age of 15.

Myers, 19, has drawn comparisons to Boston Bruins' defenseman, Zdeno Chara, for his size and Detroit Redwings' defenseman, Nicklas Lidstrom, for his smooth-skating ability. The only downside to Myers' size, is his current 215-pound frame. The Sabres sure hope he can add an extra 10 to 20 pounds before he is suiting up in the Blue & Gold, somewhere in the next couple years.

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