Defenseman Tyler Myers
of the Buffalo Sabres
has won the Calder Memorial Trophy for 2009-2010, awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League."
Myers received 94 of 133 first-place votes and 1,178 points, outdistancing Detroit Red Wings
goaltender Jimmy Howard
(778 points) and Colorado Avalanche
center Matt Duchene
Myers not only won an NHL roster spot as a 19-year-old, he posted statistics befitting an established veteran. The 6'8", 222-lb. defenseman led the Sabres in ice time per game (23:44), three minutes more than blueline partner Henrik Tallinder
who ranked second. He shared second place on the club in plus-minus (+13) and was fifth in scoring (11-37--48). Myers ranked at or near the top in several rookie categories, including average ice time (first), shorthanded time (first, 3:04), assists (first), blocked shots (first, 137), plus-minus (T-second) and points (third). He also was one of four rookies to play all 82 games.
The Sabres' top pick, 12th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft, Myers is the first defenseman to win the Calder since St. Louis' Barret Jackman
in 2003 and the third player in franchise history, following Gilbert Perreault
(1971) and Tom Barrasso