LAS VEGAS, NV (WKBW) -- The Buffalo Sabres brought home some hardware from Wednesday nights NHL Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rookie defenseman Tyler Myers won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL."
Myers received 94 of 133 first-place votes and 1,178 points, outdistancing Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (778 points) and Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (755).
Myers not only won an NHL roster spot as a 19-year-old, he posted
statistics befitting an established veteran. The 6'8", 222-lb. defenseman
led the Sabres in ice time per game (23:44), shared second
place on the club in plus-minus (+13) and was fifth in scoring
Myers ranked at or near the top in several rookie categories,including average ice time (first), shorthanded time (first, 3:04), assists (first), blocked shots (first, 137), plus-minus (T-second) and points (third). He also was one of four rookies to play all 82 games.
The Sabres' top pick, 12th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft, Myers
is the first defenseman to win the Calder since St. Louis' Barret Jackman in 2003 and the third player in franchise history, following Gilbert Perreault (1971) and Tom Barrasso (1984).
Goaltender Ryan Miller also brought home the goods, winning the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender. Miller becomes the 5th Buffalo goaltender to earn the award.
Miller was named on 28 of 30 ballots, including 23 first-place selections, and collected 126 points. Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov finished a strong second, receiving votes on 27 of 30 ballots and totaling 79 points.
Miller led the Sabres to the Northeast Division title for the second time in the past four seasons. He set a franchise record and ranked fourth among NHL goaltenders with 41 wins; placed second in the League in goals-against average (2.22) and save percentage (.929); and tied a career high with five shutouts. Miller continued to excel following his MVP performance for Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, going 9-2-1 in his first 12 decisions after collecting the silver medal in Vancouver.
Miller also won the NHL Foundation Award for his charitable contributions to the community.