BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Tyler Myers has come to the realization he still has plenty of room to grow.
At 6-foot-8, the Buffalo Sabres defenseman isn't going to get any taller. What Myers acknowledged Friday is that he spent the offseason addressing his mental approach to rebuild his confidence. That's something the 23-year-old felt was necessary after he fell short of meeting expectations playing his first season under a $38.5 million, seven-year contract.
Something had to change, after Myers struggled at both ends of the ice in managing three goals and eight points in 39 games.
The 2010 NHL rookie of the year concentrated on developing what he described as mental-training techniques to avoid the familiar pitfalls of self-doubt that lingered after a bad game.
Myers called it a step in the right direction.