Tyler Myers can chuckle about it now but he was a beaten man last season. He was a physical wreck a mental disaster. It showed nearly every time he stepped on the ice or up to a microphone.

Something had to give. Actually pretty much everything had to give.

“You have a year like you did last year you want to change some things” the Buffalo Sabres defenseman said Friday. “I’ll be the first to say that’s not me as a player last year. I have to be much better.”

Not looking for anyone to blame Myers took it upon himself to improve as a player and person this summer. He trained his body and mind in ways he never had before and the early results suggest a turnaround is on the way.

“It’s just a matter of the way you handle different situations and make sure you stay on yourself” he said. “A lot of things went on last year that got in my head. It just goes back to the mental training side of it of how you prevent yourself from heading downhill mentally instead of stopping that and making sure you stay at your peak. It’s confidence level and how you build that confidence.

“It’s an everyday process that’s taking time but it’s definitely in the right direction.”

Myers appears to have cleared the initial obstacle from last season. He arrived out of shape and never got right. He recorded just eight points in 39 games while opponents scored 2.7 goals per 60 minutes of ice time worst among Buffalo defensemen.

The resident of Kelowna British Columbia decided to spend much of this offseason working out in Buffalo with other Sabres.

“It’s always good to get a group together and train off of each other” Myers said. “You get a nice push off of each other try and beat each other in everything. We made it fun.”

When Myers went home between visits he didn’t go alone. He asked the organization if he could bring an intern from the strength and conditioning department with him. The Sabres’ Matt Wietlispach flew to Kelowna and worked out Myers daily.

“I just thought it would be best for me to get the most out of the Buffalo Sabres’ training program” Myers said. “It was awesome. I still got the benefit of seeing friends and family at home but the way he pushed me in mornings and what we got out of the Sabres’ program I’m really happy I did that.”

The results are noticeable. Myers’ brain though could prove even more important than his body. While his game was slow his mind raced. He spiraled deep into funks and couldn’t regain the confidence needed by a professional athlete.