|Tyler Myers (57) earned himself a seat in the press box Saturday night. (Getty Images)|
When Tyler Myers burst onto the scene during the 2009-10 season with 48 points as a 19-year-old rookie defenseman, he was supposed to be well on his way to becoming the next big thing in the NHL (literally, at 6-foot-8).
It has been all downhill ever since.
When the Buffalo Sabres face the New York Islanders on Saturday night, Myers, who is in the first year of a seven-year, $38.5 million contract, will be a healthy scratch, according to John Vogl of The Buffalo News.
And it's not the first time that he has been a healthy scratch; he earned himself a view from the press box last season as well. It's hard to say the move by coach Lindy Ruff isn't justified. To put it nicely, Myers has struggled this season. A lot.
Not only does he have just a single point in his first 11 games (a goal in Buffalo's season opening win against Philadelphia), he has been a mess on the defensive side of the ice.
A few things to consider (all numbers via behindthenet.ca):
• In his 11 games this season, the Sabres are allowing 5.39 goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play with him on the ice. That is the worst mark for any defenseman in the NHL who has played a mininum of five games. And no other defenseman is close. That is bad.
• The Sabres are allowing 31.6 shots per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play with him on the ice. That is 12th worst in the NHL. That also is bad.
• When Myers is on the ice, only 43 percent of the total shot attempts belong to the Sabres, which means they're probably spending more time in their own end than they are in the opposition's end.
• Making those numbers even worse is that the Sabres have sheltered him a bit, starting him in the offensive zone more than 53 percent of the time and not asking him to go up against other team's top lines.
That makes his poor play look even worse.