Sabres trade up, select D Myers with 12th pick

OTTAWA (TICKER) —The Buffalo Sabres on Friday acquired the 12th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from the Los Angeles Kings and used it to select defenseman Tyler Myers of the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets.

Buffalo sent the 13th overall selection and a third-rounder in the 2009 draft to Los Angeles for the pick.

Myers was thrilled Buffalo was the NHL team that selected him.

“One of my coaches from Kelowna, Kim Gellert, is a scout for (the Sabres), so they feel it’s special for him and his team to draft me, and I’m looking forward to go to Buffalo and see what it’s all about,” Myers said. “This year, I’m going to work as hard as I can and try and put on some weight. If it doesn’t happen this coming year, it’s definitely going to happen the following year.”

At 6-7, 200 pounds, Myers draws instant comparisons to Boston Bruins blue-liner and Norris Trophy finalist Zdeno Chara, who has just one inch on the 19-year-old right now.

The defensive-minded Myers recorded six goals, 13 assists and 97 penalty minutes in 65 games for Kelowna this season. He skates well and shows great mobility for his size.

Myers, who was born in Houston before moving to Dewinton, Alberta at age 10, opted to play for Team Canada in the 2008 Under-18 World Championship.

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Updated Saturday, Jun 21, 2008