Monday, November 21, 2011

Myers Out With Broken Wrist

Well, it appears to be the worst-case scenario for the Buffalo Sabres and their prized defenseman Tyler Myers, as he underwent surgery on a broken wrist on Monday, which will keep him out of the line-up upwards of six weeks.

As it was mentioned yesterday, if the Sabres were going to update Myers' status early, it was likely going to be for something major and it certainly was.

Myers was hurt in the 2nd period of Buffalo's game against the Coyotes and wasn't able to play in the 3rd period.  Further evaluation showed a broken wrist and it must have been fairly serious, as he was sent into surgery on Monday.  The diagnosis is that Myers will be out for 4-to-6 weeks after surgery, which will likely put him on the Long-Term Injury Reserve, giving the team a little bit of cap relief while he is out.

Heading into Week Eight, Myers ranked 63rd among defensemen in pool scoring with 2 goals and 4 assists in 19 games this season, having been a healthy scratch once this year, earlier on in Week Seven.  It hasn't been a great start to the season for him, individually, and now it all compounds with a serious injury like this, which will certainly hurt his overall pool value.

The Sabres are currently tops in the Northeast Division, which is also something to consider being in jeopardy, especially with an unproven back-up goalie working as their number one and now one of their top defensemen now out for the long-term.

ImplicationsIn the draft, Myers belongs to Allan S., who is in the basement for defensemen scoring in the pool, with 15 points, ranking 21st in that category at the moment. Since Allan starts the week in 6th place, there is a solid suggestion that he doesn't exactly need his defensemen, especially when he has the best forwards in the pool.

Allan's defense makes up for 9.5% of his total points this season, which currently ranks last in the pool and will likely take another good hit over the next six weeks with Myers being out.

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