is used to being the big man on campus.
However, at this year’s Development Camp for the Buffalo Sabres, the feeling is a bit different for the 6-foot-8 defenseman.
During his first two stints at Dwyer Arena for the team’s annual prospects training session, Myers was among the rookies trying to get a feel for the organization and its philosophy. But this time around - fresh off his first NHL season and a Calder Trophy for the League’s top rookie - it seems that now more than ever, everyone else on the ice is looking up to him.
“He’s a great guy who works hard and sets an example,” Tyler Ennis
said. “It sets the tone for everyone else here.”
It’s the first, but not likely the last time that Myers will be asked to take on a leadership role. That responsibility could increase as early as the 2010-11 season with an up-and-coming defense corps including Mike Weber
, Marc-Andre Gragnani and a slue of new draft picks entering training camp.
Yet Myers is taking it all in stride, and rather than only viewing the camp as a week to help the younger players – he also sees it as an opportunity.
“It’s nice to be on the ice in the middle of summer and try to get in skating shape,” he said. “After this camp you have to try and maintain [that conditioning] until the middle of September.”
He’s had a busy offseason already. After being eliminated from the 2010 playoffs by the Boston Bruins, Myers went on to represent Canada in the World Championships in Germany. He then made his way to Las Vegas and claimed some hardware at the NHL Awards.
“I was pretty tired,” Myers laughed. “But I’ve been in Kelowna, took some time off and got some rest. I’m feeling pretty good right now and working with my trainer again. It’s been going pretty well. I finally feel rejuvenated.”
While going from Rookie of the Year to Rookie Camp in just over a week isn’t a common occurrence, Myers is also thankful for the opportunity to be back on the ice with some familiar faces.
It’s fine with me,” he said. “It’s just good to get my skating legs back.”