The next Zdeno Chara. That's a phrase that isn't spoken very often. First off, he would have to be a massive NHL defenseman of about 6'8 and over 220 lbs. Meeting that rare criteria first, he must then have offensive and defensive skills. After that, he has to be aggressive and a player that a team can build around. The Buffalo Sabres believe they've found that man in Tyler Myers, a 19 year old defenseman from Texas, USA.
Myers, unlike many Americans, began his major junior career in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets. Myers was selected 12th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and in the following season, he helped the Rockets to a 2009 Championship following a career-high 42-points in the regular season. Scoring an amazing 20 points during the Rockets playoff run, Myers was selected as the WHL Playoff MVP. Already with more points than fellow rookie defenseman Victor Hedman, Myers is showing skill not normally shown for a man his size and even scored a shoot-out winner for the Sabres.
Check out this move for the hulking defenseman:
Myers has appeared previously in ITG Heroes and Prospects, however his first big Upper Deck card will be his UD Series One Young Gun (#214) and will be available this season at Canada Card World