Since that point, Myers has gone back to Rouyn-Noranda and has made leaps and bounds in his development, particularly in his offensive game and instincts to be able to jump into the play as it develops. It took him just 11 games to surpass his previous career high in two seasons of junior hockey by recording five goals and four assists for nine points, compared to eight points in 60 games all of last season.
“I think he’s made a lot of progress if you go back one year from now,” said Kjell Samuelsson, player development coach for the Flyers who travels and watches the prospects throughout the year. “He’s just playing with confidence, he’s gotten stronger and getting trust from the coaches. So he’s really used that to his advantage. He’s hanging on to the puck and knows where the puck is going and is moving up into the play. A year ago, he was a little bit shy in that regard.”
His hot start to the season included a six-game point streak, as well as a stretch where he recorded points in nine of 10 games to be among the leading d-men in the QMJHL early on.
Myers even got an invite and appeared in both games for the QMJHL team in the Canada-Russia series in early November.
Overall, Myers has nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points through 31 games, but its another number that has been a big improvement - he has a plus-minus rating of +24, which ranks tied for fifth in the entire league and is second among all QMJHL defensemen, behind only his teammate Jeremy Lauzon. His +24 rating is a +38 differential compared to last season which he finished a -10.
“I expect him to be a lot better without the puck in battles,” added Samuelsson with regards to his development. “He needs to get a little bit stronger and in the game he needs to be a good defender because with the pluses he has with the puck, he needs to be able to get the puck back.”
Unless Myers cracks the Flyers lineup next season, he misses the cut off of turning pro in 2016-17 by virtue of turning 20 years of age in January of 2017, which means he will still be eligible to play in junior and have the opportunity to develop his skills in the American Hockey League.
For now, Myers is focused on capturing the Presidents Trophy as QMJHL Champions and a possible berth in the prestigious Memorial Cup tournament. With Rouyn Noranda’s record at a league best 26-3-3-1 and a .844 winning percentage, Myers and the Huskies could very well be on their way.
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