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The Case For Trading Tyler Myers For The Jets

The Case For Trading Tyler Myers For The Jets
Published On: Wed, Oct 10
Feb 2, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers (57) hits Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (91) in the face during the first period at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Myersa€™ time in Winnipeg may be coming to an end as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018-2019 NHL season.

There has been no word yet from management on whether theA JetsA will try and re-sign the 28-year-old defender, trade him, or let him walk in free agency where he should not have such a hard time finding himself a new home. This is the last season of Myersa€™ 7-year contract worth $38,500,000 with an annual average value of $5,500,000.

In a terrific first season in the NHL in 2009-2010, Myers recorded 11 goals and 37 assists totalling up to 48 points in 82 games. He finished in 11th place in points by a defensemen and third in rookie scoring. The only rookies to have recorded more points than Myers in his rookie season wereA Matt DucheneA (55) andA John TavaresA (54).

Myers was nominated for the Calder Trophy (Rookie Of The Year) alongsideA Matt DucheneA and Jimmy Howard, beating them out to take home the Calder. As a defensemen in his first season he had more points than other notable rookies that year who have gone on to have very successful careers such as Jamie Benn,A Ryan Oa€™Reilly,A Victor Hedman,A Artem Anisimov, and more. No rookie defender has recorded more points since Myers did in 2009-2010. The closest anyone has come isA Zach WerenskiA who recorded 47 points in 2016-17. Some rookie defenders have come very close to beating his feat, but played less games. If they played more it can be assumed that they would have recorded as many, if not more, points than Myers. This is just an indicator of how good Myers was as a rookie, and it is why theA SabresA signed him to a 7-year deal worth $38,500,000.

After his rookie season, Myers never had the same offensive output again. He put up a respectable 37 points in 80 games in his second season, but after that he never again played like he did in his rookie season. This may be due to injuries. This past season (2017-2018) was the first time since his rookie season where he played a full 82 games.

Myers is a valuable asset for the Winnipeg Jets and in the time that he has spent in Winnipeg he has played decent for the most part. But he is not worth another expensive long-term contract for the Jets. At the seasons end the Winnipeg Jets already have multiple restricted and unrestricted free agents to deal with, not including Tyler Myers.

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