Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/07/09 at 12:53 PM ET
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
t would be pretty much impossible for Tyler Myers to hide.
At 6-foot-8 — 6-foot-9? — the Buffalo Sabres blueliner is noticeable from the pre-game skate on at any NHL game involving the Sabres, but its time to understand that Myers is noteworthy for something beyond his unusual height.
So far, he’s the NHL’s best rookie this season on this scorecard, an early leader for the Calder Trophy.
Now, this is no easy award for a freshman defenceman to capture. Only one rearguard — Barrett Jackman in 2003 — has won the Calder in the past 11 years, and if the multi-talented Drew Doughty wasn’t good enough last year, you have to wonder what defender actually could be.
But watching Myers live in two games last week against the Canadiens and the Rangers convinced these eyes that he’s not just the real deal, but possibly shaping up into a better blueliner than anyone ever thought he would.
My suggestion is we wait until the 60 game mark before deciding the rookie of the year. Many young players seem to hit a wall about that time and those that can avoid a slump or downturn may just grab the award.
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