"He has good offensive instincts, and he should be a premier defenseman for a long time," said Keith Jones, game analyst for Flyers telecasts and a studio analyst for Versus.
Nicknamed "The Big Easy," Myers emerged as the Sabres' top blue-liner when he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. His first season he had 11 goals, plus a game-winner during a shootout, and 37 assists. In a regulation game against Ottawa that season, he was on the ice for 28 minutes, 32 seconds, and he averaged 22:27 this season, when he had 10 goals and 27 assists.
"He was a little inconsistent this year, but that's not unusual for a sophomore," Jones said.
After Myers had a poor start to the season, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff cut down on his minutes. But Myers finished strong with a plus-10 during the final 24 games as the Sabres went 16-4-4.
Myers' initial playoff experience was forgettable as he scored one goal in six games last season. He attributed his play to nerves.
"I wasn't too nervous during the season last year," he said in an NHL.com report. "But going into my first playoff series, I'll admit it was a little nerve-racking."
Two other Buffalo defensemen can be troublesome for the Flyers. Jordan Leopold averaged the most ice time (23:19), but his status is questionable because of a broken finger. His strength is in reading the rush. Steve Montador is highly competitive, an in-your-face kind willing to lay it all on the line. Both Leopold and Montador are well-traveled, but they've prospered under Ruff, a smart defenseman in his day.
Andrej Sekera played well the second half of the season and was impressive in the Sabres' last trip to Philly, but he's also questionable. He missed the last two regular-season games with an upper-body muscle strain.
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