Friday, May 30, 2008

Myers, Tyler - D - Kelowna

Tyler Myers / Kelowna Rockets WHL
D-R / 6-7.25, 204 / 01-Feb-1990

Skating: 70 / Skill: 60 / Sense: 55 / Compete: 50 / Tough: 50

Strengths: Amazing skating stride for such a big player, no awkwardness at all. Long reach and good poke check is a difference-maker in the d-zone. Moves the puck well.

Weaknesses: Wild inconsistency tells us he's still quite raw. Some bust potential.

No defenceman in this draft has more upside. His peak is as a perennial Norris Trophy contender. Lots of ups and downs this season, and was downright awful at times. Best performances were at the Top Prospects Game and in the playoffs. Not a puck rusher or great PP quarterback. Is at his best when he makes disruptive play in his own end, skates it towards his own blueline and makes a short, crisp pass to a forward in the neutral zone - just keep it simple. That's all you need him to do in the NHL to be a really valuable player.

Summary: Might take until his mid-20s to reach full potential. Slight chance of becoming a complete bust, but is very much worth the risk.

Target/Want: Anywhere from 5th to 8th. I'd take him right after Schenn.

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