Introduction: When fans think about the future of the Buffalo Sabres, few players, if any, are more important to that future than defenseman Tyler Myers. A former Calder winner and (hopefully) a future Norris Trophy candidate, Myers was important enough to the Sabres organization that they signed him to a seven year extension at $5.5 million per year. If Myers develops as his coaches and fans hope, that extension could end up being one of the best contracts in the NHL, but at this point, that's still a big if.

In another up-and-down season for the young defenseman, Myers suffered through both injuries and stretches of poor play, and was even a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. However, there were also plenty of stretches where he reminded us why everyone assumes he's the heir apparent to Zdeno Chara's "gigantic perennial Norris contender" crown. Let's dig a little deeper into Myers' season after the break.