Tyler Myers may be the next big thing for the Buffalo Sabres.
Myers, a 6-foot-7 defenseman, made the Sabres roster Wednesday as final cuts were announced to narrow the team to just 23 players.
The move comes a day after it was announced that defenseman Toni Lydman has a hand injury.
The opening space on the already-packed Sabres defensive unit was granted to the 19-year-old Myers while Mike Weber, another promising young defenseman, was sent down to Portland of the AHL.
Myers, a rookie, is allowed to play nine games in the NHL before the Sabres need to make a final decision.
The organization has two options: keep him in the NHL for the remainder of the season or return him to his junior club, the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL.
With the injury to Lydman, the Sabres are able to prolong the decision, which otherwise would have been made by 3 p.m. Wednesday according to league rules.
Even though nothing is certain (Myers still might not make the opening lineup for Saturday’s game against Montreal) the young blue-liner, who has never played in an NHL game, is excited for the opportunity.
"It feels really good," Myers said. "They still have that window to decide but I'm excited to be here."
Fans also seem to believe Myers is ready for the big time. A Buffalonews.com poll showed that 88 percent of fans who voted think Myers should be in Buffalo, not Kelowna, this season.