‘Despite his extremely large frame, the defensive-minded Myers is considered to have great skating ability and good offensive upside. While the 18-year-old draws obvious comparisons to Boston’s Zdeno Chara, Myers says he tries to model his game after Anaheim’s Chris Pronger.’
Ennis says he tries to model his playing style after former Sabres co-captain and current Philadelphia center Daniel Briere as well as Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis. He considers Briere his favorite NHL player.
‘Originally slated with the 13th overall selection, the Sabres opted to swap with Los Angeles for the 12th pick to get the sizable blueliner. Buffalo also gave their 2009 third-round selection to the Kings as part of the deal.’
‘More than 3,000 people gathered at HSBC Arena for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft Party on Friday.’
‘"We’re very happy," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. "Getting these two players, we can consider it a very good day."’
‘Watch 1st round draft pick LW Tyler Ennis show off his offensive skills in this player profile video from Tiger TV."
‘With the 26th pick in the first round the Sabres drafted another Tyler, but he’s a center and much smaller than the first round selection. Tyler Ennis is 5’9" and 146 pounds. The 18 year old is the kind of player Sabres fans love. He patterns his game after Daniel Briere and Martin St. Louis, small guys with skill, drive and passion.’
‘Thanks to his tremendous reach and poke checking ability, he is very difficult to beat on the rush. Myers also possesses great skating ability and has a C.C.S ranking of fourth among draft-eligible skaters. His offensive upside has started to show, compiling 19 points this past regular season.’
‘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.’
‘Kevin Devine, the team’s director of amateur scouting, said earlier this week he believes the draft is deep enough the Sabres could get three future NHLers with their first three picks. He thinks this year’s crop has about 10-12 top-end players.’
‘Since the departure of Jay McKee, the team has lacked a strong stay-at-home defenseman. T.J. Brennan is coming along, but is unlikely to crack Buffalo’s top six next season. Most of the prospects on defense are offensive-minded, so bringing at least one tough blueliner into the fold would bring balance.’
‘The Sabres enter this weekend’s two-day, seven-round draft in an enviable position. They own three of the first 44 picks, including a pair of first-rounders. They earned the 13th pick by missing the playoffs, and received San Jose’s 26th selection in the deal that sent defenseman Brian Campbell to California. The 44th pick is in the second round.’
‘High on the agenda is getting goaltender Ryan Miller signed to the right contract extension at the right price, assuming he wants to stick around. Miller is entering the final year of his deal, and the Sabres don’t need another distraction with him like the one they had with the aforementioned co-captains and departed defenseman Brian Campbell.’
‘"There are some kids in this draft that are very impressive," Regier said. "I think that there will be some nice surprises."’
‘“We were looking to get things all under one roof,” said Sabres scout Jon Christiano, a Grand Island resident. “(Strength and conditioning coach) Doug McKinney started looking at colleges and once he identified Niagara, we all agreed it was a perfect setup.”’