Birth of the Blue Line: The NHL’s Defensemen of Tomorrow

May 21st, 2010 by Matthew Hogan Leave a reply »

The NHL’s blue line has long been dominated by a core of future hall of famers. Nicklas Lidstrom, Scott Niedermayer, and Chris Pronger have been defensive royalty for well over a decade and while their careers are still strong, they are coming to an end.

With the end of a number of impressive careers comes the emergence of several others.

The obvious name to start with on the blue line is Calder Trophy favorite Tyler Myers.

At the beginning of the season, the Buffalo Sabres were uncertain as to whether or not Myers was ready to make the jump to the NHL. The 6’8” Myers quickly proved to everyone that he was ready.

Myers single-handedly took a mediocre Buffalo defense and turned it into a defense that allowed the fourth fewest goals in the league.

The 20-year-old posted 48 points, tied for 11th overall in d ...

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